Arsene Wenger has hit out at the way Atletico Madrid have attempted to unsettle Fran Merida in recent weeks.
The Spanish giants have openly admitted their admiration for Merida and claimed that they were perhaps willing to make a bid for the 19-year-old, if he failed to secure a new deal at Arsenal.
The manner and the way Atletico have gone about their business has annoyed Wenger, who doesn’t believe they have gone about it in the right channels:
“Some clubs are doing work behind our back to destabilise him and we cannot stop that, but it is a fact.
“I can’t say I’m annoyed by other clubs going after our players because we do it as well. But we do it legally.
“The difference is that we do not do what is not allowed by the law. We try to get the best player everywhere when it is allowed by the rules.” (Mirror)