Wenger: Premier League should be ‘worried’ by China

Date published: Friday 5th February 2016 11:51

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the Premier League should be worried by China’s financial power after they made a series of huge transfer coups.

The Far East powerhouse have recently announced themselves on the world stage with Jiangsu Suning signing Ramires for £25million and last night agreeing a £38million deal for Liverpool target Alex Teixeira.

Jiangsu Suning, who are managed by Dan Petrescu, also made a £57.5million bid for Chelsea star Oscar, which was turned down by the London club.

GZ Evergrande also splashed out £31.5million on Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez this week and Wenger believes if China have the “political desire” to grow their domestic game then they could move European football to Asia.

When asked whether English clubs should be worried, Wenger said: “Yes. Because China looks to have the financial power to move the whole European league to China. We know it is a consequence of economic power. Will they sustain their interest?

“I don’t know how deep the desire is. If the political desire is there we should worry.”

Meanwhile, Wenger has brushed off criticism that he should have added a striker to his squad in January.

“Everyone is entitled to an opinion. We have Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck. We have Giroud. I did not see any better strikers in the transfer window,” said Wenger.

Wenger also had a word of warning for incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and when he was asked whether he would he have been a good Arsenal manager, Wenger said:  “I will not choose my successor here. I just want to leave the club in a position where it can do better when I am gone.

“If you look at the tendency in the Premier League it looks difficult to have a high win percentage. The Premier League is more difficult than any other league.”

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