The idea that Arsenal is a feeder club has become somewhat of a reality in recent seasons, particularly when looking at Manchester City with many of Arsenal’s top up-and-coming players making the move to the Etihad.
The ridiculous amounts of funds that City possess seems to be the main luring point for many players, with most recent departure Samir Nasri reportedly choosing City over United due to the highly inflated salary on offer.
Now coming up to the next transfer window, transfer rumours are starting to hot up again with Arsenal talisman Robin van Persie now being linked with a move to the Etihad.
Wenger in response although was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail:
Already, it is Adebayor, Kolo Touré, Clichy, Nasri. They have Vieira there, that’s five … Brian Marwood, Brian Kidd … he played for Arsenal. David Platt, yes. That’s eight!
They have enough players there now. Am I flattered? More worried. But it’s a little bit of a normal process.
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Van Persie and Manchester City? The question cannot be asked because you cannot contact anybody who’s under contract.
There is no doubt these one-way transfers to Manchester City need to stop, but to compete with the resources they have available is impossible. Club loyalty seems to be becoming a diminishing trait of modern footballers and therefore City will always be able to lure top-class players with the bags of cash they can offer.
With the Financial fair-play rules set to be implemented soon, it does give hope to clubs with a more sensible self-sustaining business structure. But as we have already seen City will always try to find a loop-hole in the system, most recently being their ridiculously inflated £400m contract with closely associated airline Etihad. Do you think UEFA put their foot down on these improper transactions? Feel free to leave a comment below!