Wenger in dig at debt-ridden clubs

BY foxsports • September 12, 2010

The Gunners boss is convinced that financial constraints are the only way to tackle some of the issues around Europe. The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and last season's Champions League winners Inter Milan have all spent huge amounts in recent years. And Wenger is very much behind UEFA plans to introduce new financial fair play rules which will force some sides to adhere to a stricter budget. "The new rules will be a massive advantage for Arsenal," said Wenger. Big budgets "We are one of 10 teams equipped to win the Champions League. "We are fighting against some big budgets, clubs who lose 150 to 200million euros per year. You don't deserve a lot of credit for winning a competition, if all the others balance your books and you are the only one who can lose a huge amount of money. "Nobody is unbeatable. We lost last year to Barcelona in the quarter-final. They could have knocked us out after 45 minutes. But in all the other three halves, I think we should have knocked them out had we been a bit more stable defensively. "You could say that Barcelona could be the team to beat this year, Real have invested a lot of money, again. You cannot dismiss them. "But, two years ago, Inter were organised too and they went out early. It is not as easy at it looks." Wenger's side begin their group stage campaign against Braga this Wednesday, and he remains very proud of their record in Europe. "We are one of only three clubs who have come out of the group stage 10 consecutive years," said Wenger. "Teams with massive money have not done it. We deserve a lot of credit for our consistency. "After that, we deserve a lot of blame for not having won it. "I believe our group stage is a good test. It is much stronger than it looks."

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