Fergie and Wenger join forces in poach row

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Sir Alex Ferguson has joined forces with old foe Arsene Wenger in speaking out against the &ldquo;poaching&rdquo; scandal, which has plagued the reputation of English football.<br /><br />International governing bodies, Uefa and FIFA, want to outlaw the overseas transfers of players under the age of 18, following claims from abroad that Premier League clubs are guilty of &ldquo;child slavery and trafficking.&rdquo;<br /><br />Both Ferguson and Arsenal boss Wenger have been quick to defend their respective clubs&rsquo; stance over the signing of young players from abroad, but the United chief in particular, is adamant his club have been dragged into the issue because of their global status.<br /><br />&ldquo;They are always going to bring Manchester United into it, because we are the biggest club,&rdquo; said the Red Devils boss.<br /><br />&ldquo;I can assure you that Manchester United have behaved absolutely correctly with all their dealings with young players and their parents. What other clubs do is subject to a lot of controversy, but we are confident of our own club.&rdquo;<br /><br />And Gunners boss Wenger, who has a long history of developing young talent signed from around the globe, was equally as defensive of his own club&rsquo;s transfer proceedings.<br /><br />&ldquo;If your players cannot move to the best clubs, I believe they will not improve,&rdquo; Wenger said. &ldquo;If a player goes to Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, it is all clean and he gets a good education.<br /><br />&ldquo;If you have a child who is a good musician, your reaction is to put it into a good music school, not an average one, so why should that not happen in football?&rdquo;<br /><br />Another headache for Wenger will be the absence of Russian ace Andrey Arshavin, who has been ruled out of Arsenal&rsquo;s upcoming fixtures with Manchester City, Standard Liege and Wigan after aggravating a groin injury on international duty with Russia.