Arsene Wenger: Unlike Arsenal, Manchester United no longer have patience for young players

Joe Hall
Follow Joe
Wenger said buying "exceptional players" would "not be the basis of our policy " (Source: Getty)

Arsene Wenger has accused Manchester United of neglecting their academy by prioritising big money signings, and reiterated Arsenal's commitment to bringing youth into the first team.

Read more: This graph of every Wenger transfer shows why Petr Cech is an unprecedented Arsenal signing

The Arsenal manager outlined his approach to the transfer market, insisting that buying "exceptional players...will not be the basis of our policy".

"We want to continue to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy and policy", said Wenger. "That means we want to continue to give chances to young players and build the players from inside our club with our culture."

"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", said Wenger.

So far this summer transfer window, Wenger has only felt moved to add 33-year-old Petr Cech to his squad. In contrast, Manchester United have already spent £69m on four new players, taking manager Louis van Gaal's spend over £200m since he joined the club.

"With United's success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue to do what they did - and they have the financial resources to go with a different policy.

"As well, they do not have available the players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club, because youth talent is spread more through 20 clubs than it was 20 years ago.”

Related articles