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The Arsenal gaffer has fired a cannon at Eastlands and the Bernabeu, branding their big-money buys as "financial doping"...

Arsene Wenger has renewed his criticism of the money that has been lavishly spent by Manchester City and Real Madrid. The Citizens have splashed well over €100 million this summer, while Los Blancos have splurged over twice that amount during this transfer period.

"Manchester City look to me as if they have great squad quality-wise but sometimes, when you buy more than three players, you go into a technical gamble a little bit," the gaffer is quoted in The Telegraph as saying.

"Sometimes it clicks straight away, sometimes it can take a few months. If you do not find your balance straight away in the first games it is difficult."

The Frenchman hinted that money alone cannot buy a club all the laurels that it dreams of.

"Football is not as scientific and predictable as people have [it] sometimes," he remarked.

The former Monaco boss famously coined the term "financial doping" with respect to Chelsea during the time the Blues splashed big to bring the pillars of the game to Stamford Bridge. When quizzed as to whether he retained the same opinion with respect to the Citizens and Real, Wenger said, "Of course.

"[Arsenal] live within our resources, when we make money that is because we have worked well and made good decisions.

"It is a bit difficult to live in that environment.

"It's not because you cannot be successful. I believe that you can be successful, despite the fact that some teams have more money."

‘The Professor’ went on to explain how the flashy spending by the newly rich, or the financially loud, affects clubs like Arsenal

"But what [big spending] does is put a lot of pressure on the wages of the players in the other clubs," he explained.

"[Manchester City and Real] are [of] similar financial potential, similarly ambitious. Of course, the history is on the side of Real Madrid."

Despite marking the financial disadvantages that the Gunners face when compared to the clubs in question, Wenger believes that people place unreasonable expectations on his side.

"I feel what is accepted is just to win the Champions League and win the championship – anything else is looked at as a disaster," he alluded cynically.

"In 2007-08 we were very close to winning the championship, and last year we were in the semi-final of the Champions League and it was looked at to be a disaster."

Arsenal have sold Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to the Citizens, but are yet to reinvest that money in rebuilding their squad. Their only significant signing so far has been that of Thomas Vermaelen from Dutch club Ajax for a fee of €10 million.

Adithya Ananth, Goal.com

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