Arsene Wenger has declared that money is killing football, and its hard to disagree.
The world of transfer fees has gone into meltdown in recent months, with the world record transfer fee jumping from £89m to £198m with the signing of a single French cheque.
That has seen clubs measuring players by a different yardstick, and has since seen a further three transfers be completed in the excess of £120m with Mbappe following Neymar to PSG and Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho both going to Barcelona.
Speaking to the media, Wenger said:
“Unpredictability has gone down”.
“When you look at the five big leagues in Europe, in December we already knew four champions.
“That means something is not right in our game. The huge financial power of some clubs is basically destroying the competition.”
It is true that in the Premier League, La Liga and Ligue 1, that the highest spending club’s, are on course to win the league.
Pep Guardiola has spent almost £500m in his 18 months at Manchester City, who are now 15 points clear at the top.
Big spending Barcelona are also romping away with the Spanish title with their 11 point lead, while PSG are unsurprisingly at the top of the French top flight. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich, who always spend the most in Germany are top, while Italy’s big spenders Juventus have won Serie A for the last six seasons, and are currently just one point behind Napoli.
The irony of Wengers comments are of course not lost on the fact that Wenger himself has broken Arsenal’s transfer record twice in six months, signing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for in excess of a combined £100m.
Despite Arsenal’s spending, they look increasingly likely to miss out on the Champions League once again.