Arsene Wenger: Real Madrid obsessed with headlines

Arsene Wenger: Real Madrid obsessed with headlines


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hit out at Real Madrid claiming they are obsessed with headlines.

In an interview with French paper L’Equipe, the Gunners manager, who has spent 19 years in north London, was asked about different models in how to run a football club.

The 66-year-old has always run a tight ship at Arsenal, and has stuck true to his belief that the club should be on a safe financial footing and not rely on the resources of a benefactor. During his tenure, Wenger oversaw the move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium – a project that cost close to 500 million euros – yet kept the club at the top end of the Premier League and playing regular Champions League football.

Madrid, meanwhile, are famous for the Galatico policy and always wanting to sign global superstars. President Florentino Perez has hired and fired plenty of managers too in his endless pursuit of glory for Los Blancos.

And Wenger believes such a policy is to the long term detriment of the club.

“Real Madrid have entered the modern path. They need new faces. [They have an] addiction to headlines. For me, consistency in the results depends on the cohesion within the club. Throwing everything out, all the time only makes sense if you have hyper unlimited revenue. Then you can win. If not you’re done,” he said.

He added: “My great pride will be, the day I leave, that I’m leaving a good squad, a healthy situation and a club capable of performing in the future. I could have thought: I’m here for four or five years, we win everything, I leave and leave the club on the verge of bankruptcy.”