Arsene Wenger has defended his tramsfer policy in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s criticism of his reliance on foreigners.
The Manchester United boss spoke yesterday of his support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s proposal that teams should be made to field a proportion of homegrown players. Ferguson suggested that both Arsenal and Liverpool would oppose the proposal as they would be the teams hardest hit by the introduction of quotas.
“It is not very nice to his own foreign players, first of all,” Wenger said.
“If you look at the investments of Manchester United this year, they have invested in a lot of foreign players.”
Wenger has dismissed the suggestion that there should be a limit on the number of foreigners in a team.
He explained: “I always felt that sport rewards quality and does not hide behind artificial rules.
“If you put the level of the class down, it does not necessarily make the bad students better – it makes them worse.
“You can say as well to compete with the best players in the world is a chance to improve your level.”