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Arsene: Lampard City deal stinks

WENGER-THINK-MONACOLONDON, August 3- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Sunday queried the arrangement that has allowed former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard to join Manchester City on loan from their sister club New York City.

As well as Lampard’s move to the Etihad Stadium, New York have also loaned Spanish striker David Villa to Melbourne City. All three clubs are owned by the City Football Group, a holding company of City’s owners, the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Wenger, whose side face City in next weekend’s Community Shield, suggested that the partnerships could give the Premier League champions an unfair advantage.

Asked for his reaction to Lampard’s move, he replied: “It’s a surprise. But it looks like all these ‘City’ clubs will feed the main club, Man City. I heard that they want to buy five clubs all over the world.

“I don’t know the rules well enough. They bought a franchise (New York City) for $100 million (74 million euros) in the States to play next season.

“At the moment the players they sign cannot play until next year, so they register in the clubs where they put them and they can get out on loan.

“Is it a way to get around (European governing body UEFA’s Financial) Fair Play? I don’t know.”

Asked if Arsenal would like to set up their own network of clubs, he responded: “We’re happy to dedicate the money we make just to run our club. There’s not a lot of surplus to buy other clubs.”

Wenger was speaking at a press conference after his side’s 1-0 loss to Monaco in the Emirates Cup friendly tournament at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

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  1. Apache

    September 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The police should arrest the survivors once they recover and charge them with theft and malicious damage to private property. that is the only way other potential looters will be kept at bay otherwise this vice (stealing private/ public property) will not go away

    • Maddo Wanyex

      September 24, 2011 at 7:51 am

      A thorough investigation into the tank drivers should do a lil help. Milk tankers do not overturn!!!!!!!!! Why?!!!!

  2. Eric Kipleting Chemwor

    September 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Its unfortunate that biting Kenyans once does not make them shy that they have to be bitten severally to instill fear in them

  3. Jasuba

    September 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    i don’t scoopers as the victims as they are victims of circumstance………..poverty. let the government address that first and all these will be things of the past.

  4. Felix

    September 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Poverty does not mean you put your life in clear risk and run to the government. I do not feel sorry for them; we cannot condone this kind of stupidity. after all our taxes are used to ‘pay their funerals and again resettle them’.

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