The thoughts of Arsene Wenger...

AW fears English football could be heading towards financial meltdown, reports the Sun.
Arsenal’s boss admits the economic crisis has finally hit the Premier League.And he expects the quietest-ever January transfer window, with few teams willing – or able – to spend big.
Wenger, whose team face Hull today, said: “In the 13 years I have been in England, the situation is the worst. It is 10 times worse than when I first came here.
“Many clubs are struggling. It is difficult and, for the first time at games, I am seeing empty seats. I hope no clubs go. At the moment, people are hoping for rich owners to come in, like at Chelsea.
“But now the amount of money needed is higher and the amount of debt is bigger.The problem with debt is eventually someone wants the ]money back. Generally, it won’t be a busy January. We have been in dreamland but now it is time for a wake-up call.
“In England, the financial situation overall is very poor. That is why it won’t be a busy market. Last season, Arshavin was a good signing. Two years before, Adebayor was good. But it is more difficult than in the summer time.
“Arsenal is in a strong financial situation and we are very proud of that. But when we make £1, we do not spend £2.”
Wenger is certainly looking for an improved result this afternoon compared to the 2-1 home defeat by Hull in September last year. The Frenchman admits that embarrassing loss was enough to convince his players they would not win the Premier League last season. And they were certainly right. He added: “Yes, it had a major impact on the season in terms of our belief. The players thought they could not win the league.
“It was the start of a bad period and now we are at the start of as good a period. We have had two difficult away games, at Liverpool and Burnley, and have come back with four points.
“You would possibly have expected us to get a point at Liverpool and win at Burnley but the main thing is we have not lost any ground on our opponents. We have even gained some on some of them.”
The Gunners were involved in a feud with Hull, following their 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory back in March. Phil Brown’s No 2, Brian Horton, claimed he was spat at by Cesc Fabregas, who could now return to action next week following a hamstring injury picked up at Turf Moor.
Wenger insisted: “I have no personal problem with Phil Brown. There was more of a problem with his assistant but that has been cleared. The tunnel video proved him wrong.”
Finally, Wenger yesterday confirmed that rising midfield star Jack Wilshere, 18 on New Year’s Day, could be heading to Burnley on loan. Clarets boss Owen Coyle revealed he had made the cheeky request before the 1-1 midweek draw.
Wenger said: “It is possible under one condition – that he plays. Jack needs to play and Burnley is a very good club that I respect. Jack will need to want the move as well. I have not spoken to him about it. At the moment, though, Jack is in our first-team squad.”
Meanwhile, the Mirror says AW last night warned his Arsenal players not to allow Hull to destroy their title chances – like they did last season.
Wenger yesterday admitted losing to Phil Brown’s men at the Emirates last September was the day when Arsenal’s season began to go wrong.
Arsenal boss Wenger’s men threw away a second half lead, missed the chance to go top of the Premier League and then went on an awful run which left them way off the pace.
But Wenger is confident this time that Arsenal can beat Hull and turn up the heat on their title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
Wenger said: “When we lost to Hull last season, it had a major impact on our belief because if we had won this game we were top of the league.
“And somewhere the players thought: ’If you can’t beat Hull, maybe we cannot win the league.’
“But that was completely wrong, maybe, but it was the start of a bad period. And now we are at the start of a good period.
“We have had two difficult away games. We beat Stoke, we played Liverpool and Burnley away in three days, it was very difficult, but we came back with four points.
“Overall, we have not only not lost any ground with our opponent who played twice at home, but even gained some with our opponents, so overall it was a very positive three days for us.
“But we have to take advantage. We now have a very strong home fixture, so if we are strong at home I’m sure we’ll be in a very strong position (at the) end of January.”
Hull were also involved in another memorable clash at the Emirates last season when Arsenal won a stormy and controversial FA Cup tie in March.
That was the night when Cesc Fabregas was accused of spitting at Brown’s assistant Brian Horton before later being cleared of all charges by the FA after Arsenal produced video evidence to prove his innocence.
Arsenal captain Fabregas was out injured at the time, will again miss today’s clash but sit on the bench behind the dug-out.
Fabregas was criticised for wearing a hoodie on that occasion but Wenger says he is not sure what he will be wearing this time.
Wenger insists he has no problem with Brown despite a few angry words exchanged in public and that he will shake hands with the Hull boss.
Wenger said: “I don’t know what Cesc will be wearing but he will definitely be at the game to support us.
“Of course I will shake his (Brown) hand.  I have no problem with him. It was more with his assistant [Brian Horton] that there was a problem with Fabregas, which has been cleared. So, I don’t know why there should be any bad feeling.”
Wenger yesterday claimed that he will be careful in the transfer market in January, warning that football does not appreciate the dangers of the worldwide recession and debt gripping the game.
“It is certainly the worst financial situation in football in the 13 years that I have been here,” said Wenger. “At Arsenal we are in a strong financial position but when we make £1 we do not spend £2.”
It has been another week and another row for Wenger who has been caught up in a war of words with Stoke Tony Pulis who accused him “moaning like a drain“ and he slammed Mick McCarthy for resting all his Wolves players at Old Trafford.
Hull boss Brown threw in his two-penny’s worth by defending McCarthy’s right to field a weakened team.
But Wenger hit back: “Brown has a different opinion from me. I am not scared to get different opinions who have a go at me.
“I am one of the few who says what he really thinks about the situation.  I give my opinion without any aggression or any bad opinion about any individual. I just speak about what I think about the situation.
“That’s it. It makes common sense what I said, but many people, because they don’t want aggravation, they don’t say a word. I can live with that.”

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