The Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is preparing to face Arsenal at the Emirates today, but he doesn’t think that Arsene Wenger’s team has any chance of competing for the Premiership title against the Big Three of City, United and Chelsea.
In the pre-match conference Laudrup was asked if he thought that he was coming up against a team that could win the title, and he replied with an emphatic “No.”
“Not because they have dropped points but because I think the title is only between the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, and at the moment the Manchester clubs have the advantage in terms of points and momentum.
“The Manchester sides are very strong, they win tough games. Look at Manchester City at Wigan. It was a difficult game, it was 0-0 for a long time, and then they get two goals and three points and head home.
“They are very solid and win games when they are not playing well.”
“There are a lot of teams who want to win, there are City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, they all want to be up there, but there are only a certain amount of top, top players.
“It’s not only in England, it is the same in Europe where you have Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus.
“If we are talking about top, top players, Arsenal cannot buy the players that City, United, Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona can buy.
“They have to do something else and I think Arsene Wenger has done great for many years trying to find players to make a good team.
“They have won titles but it is more difficult as the top three have more money, and when you have to buy two forward players who can make the difference, money is an issue. Money does not always win titles but it helps.”
But Michael, Arsenal DO have money, as the Board keeps telling us we are in the Top Five richest clubs in the world! The difference is that we don’t spend it…..