Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken another dig at Manchester City by stating he is unafraid of their squad or spending power, Express reports.
The French manager recently blasted Frank Lampard’s move to City as a way of avoiding Financial Fair Play regulations, and now feels bitter over the amount of Arsenal players the Sky Blues have lured to the Etihad.
The Gunners lost Bacary Sagna to the Citizens this summer, following previous stars Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri, and Gael Clichy who made the same switch.
Talking in regards to Sagna, Wenger said: “I made him a proposal to stay for three years and he chose City.
“Had he chosen that a long time ago? Maybe. It looks to me like he agreed it a long time before.
“It’s always disappointing because he came here unknown and he made his career and became a French international.
“What is tiring is to lose the players to City or somebody else.”
However Wenger now believes the financial gap between the two sides is closing, with City restricted due to FFP sanctions and Arsenal already spending £62million this summer.
“In the last two years we have bought Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez,” Wenger added. “Five years ago we would have lost Ozil and Sanchez.
“For years we were not in a position where we could say no. It looks like we are closer to City but they have some restrictions.”