Decision maker: Wenger defended his surprise substitution of leading scorer Giroud

By Abigail Withey 

Arsene Wenger has criticised Neymar’s record £199 million transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Arsenal boss has stated that Neymar’s move highlights the development of inflation within football.

He said: “It also looks like the inflation is accelerating. We crossed the €100m line last year and, only one year later, we’re crossing the €200m line.”

“That shows you how much distance and how far we have come, how big football has become,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official club website. “It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”

The manager spoke ahead of his side’s Community Shield clash against Chelsea this weekend and stated that Neymar’s case shows what happens when countries own football clubs.

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“For me, it is the consequence of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years,” the French manager explained. “Once a country owns a club, everything is possible. It becomes very difficult to respect the financial fair play.

“We still live with rationality, we are not the only ones. I think 99 per cent of the clubs do that but of course we cannot compete at that level.”

Wenger spent a club record fee on new addition Alexandre Lacazette when he secured the French striker in a £45 million plus deal in the hopes of improving the club’s attacking prowess.

In other Arsenal news, Ligue 1 champions Monaco are ready to splash the cash in order to land this Gunners forward.

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