Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has criticised Manchester United’s switch in transfer policy this summer.
Louis van Gaal has bought Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for a combined £79m and will reportedly continue to spend.
The Frenchman has accused the Red Devils of abandoning their philosophy of developing their own in the immediate pursuit of silverware, something that he has insisted he would never do at the Emirates.
“We want to continue to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy and policy,” Wenger is quoted as Sky Sports as saying when outlining his approach to the transfer market.
“That means we want to continue to give chances to young players and build the players from inside our club with our culture. Afterwards, if we can buy the exceptional players, we can compete today. But that will not be the basis of our policy.
“Most of the clubs who have been successful are clubs who have done that well. You can take Barcelona or Man United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within. These are our values and it is our DNA and it’s important we keep that.
“With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue what they did.
“They have the financial resources to go with a different policy. And they do not have available players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club.”
Wenger has been patient with Arsenal’s young talents over the past decade, but has so far only been rewarded with back-to-back FA Cup triumphs following an eight-year trophy drought.
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