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The Arsenal manager believes the summer window
was problematic for the top clubs who had little
guarantee that a potential signing would make their
squad stronger.

Arsene Wenger has questioned Manchester
United’s decision to sign Anthony Martial and
believes there was a lack of high-quality players
available in the summer transfer market.

Martial became the world’s most expensive
teenager after joining United from Monaco on
deadline day in a deal that could eventually be worth
up to €80 million (£59m).

The 19-year-old forward has made only 52
appearances in Ligue 1 since making his debut for
Lyon in 2013 and the Arsenal manager, whose only
major summer signing was Petr Cech, suggested
United’s hand has been forced because of the
limited options available.

“I’ve heard Martial scored 11 goals in the French
championship - that sums it all up well,” Wenger
told beIN Sports .

“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at
the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that’s
missing, it’s the number of players available who
can strengthen the big clubs.

“So am I happy with the investment I make? Yes.
Every time, I bought [Alexis] Sanchez, I bought
[Mesut] Ozil, I bought Cech, I bought Gabriel last
year, [Mathieu] Debuchy - when you find the
players you invest the money.

“The problem at the moment is to find the players
that guarantee that you are a better team after.
“Martial is a huge talent, he’s 19 years old, the
investment is absolutely huge as well, that shows
you that there’s not many players in the world who
can strengthen these teams.”

Wenger has also accused Uefa of softening their
Financial Fair Play rules this year and believes the
regulations need to be made clearer.
“I’m disappointed... to change the verdict [of
Financial Fair Play] during the transfer period I think
was not right,” he said.

“I’m not against Manchester City or Paris Saint-
Germain buying players but you would like rules to
be known before the transfer period starts and the
rules have been a bit accommodating during the
transfer period.

“After that, if I ask you, or you ask me, ‘what is the
real significance today of Financial Fair Play?’ I
cannot give you the answer. I’m sure you will not
be completely capable to do it as well.

“So Financial Fair Play today is too complicated to
be efficient, and too complicated for everybody to
understand, exactly, the rules, and that’s why
there’s a need to simplify the whole process.”

When asked if clubs such as Arsenal were being
penalised, he added: “No, not being penalised, but I
think well-run clubs just should be a normality.

“Every club should use the resources it produces
and what is at the end of the day, the size of the
club, a big club, a small club - the big club should be
the club with the biggest fanbase and that works the
best in its decisions.”

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