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Arsene Wenger: Jose Mourinho should learn to cope with richer clubs

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has told Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that the Portuguese should learn to cope after Wenger himself spent the duration of his 21 years at Arsenal in the shadow of the Premier League’s financial elite.

Following a 2-2 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford, Mourinho said that his lavish spending on players since he took charge at Manchester United in the summer of last year — which stands at £261m — was not enough to level the playing field with Manchester City.

A shade of schadenfreude flashed as Wenger smiled broadly at his old rival’s plea of poverty, before saying that a manager simply had to find other ways to close the gap.

“I have been in that position for 21 years, so I will not start to complain now,” Wenger, 68, offered. “There is always one team, sometimes four, who were richer than I was, so I learned to cope with that and to deal with that.”

“I think what is most important is you deal with your own situation as well as you can and, yes, Manchester City are richer than us; yes, Chelsea are richer than us and Manchester United are richer than us but I still believe we have to find a way to be successful.”

However, Wenger himself did not rule out making a new signing in January, although he anticipated that he would be busier fielding enquiries about his fringe players.

“I will be busy, yes, because first of all you have clubs that call you to get players on loan or to buy your players,” he added. “As well, I’m open-minded to any possibility to strengthen our team.”

After seeing the Gunners win 2-3 at Crystal Palace, Arsene Wenger also said that he is not worried over losing Alexis Sanchez next month as the player’s contract expires at the end of the season.

“I am not fearful but that will be a subject that arises because of his contractual situation,” said Wenger, who equalled Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 810 games managed in the Premier League after the games against Palace.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal future to be reviewed after season

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the board of directors at Arsenal will be reviewing his position as manager at the end of the season.

Wenger, 68, signed a two-year contract extension in the summer to extend his 21-year tenure as manager of the Gunners, but confirmed yesterday that talks would take place with the management when this campaign concludes.

“I want to see what the board thinks of my performance,” Wenger explained. “After that we decide where we go from there. My desire has always been to respect my contracts, but that is what I meant.”

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League last season, thus failing to qualify for the Champions League and finishing outside the top four for the first time since Wenger joined in 1996.

At the end of a campaign that saw Wenger face fierce protests from fans calling for him to leave, Arsenal finished 18 points behind champions Chelsea, but beat the Blues 2-1 to win the FA Cup.

However, Wenger has told shareholders at the Arsenal annual general meeting that the current side has “something special” and he believes there is “a chance” of success this term.

“My hunger, my commitment is bigger than ever,” he said. “I question myself a lot, don’t worry, I will sit down every year to see where I go. The present for me is about style of play, winning trophies, winning every game.”

“Don’t think I don’t know. It’s essential. No matter what happens one day I will always love this club forever and be an eternal fan.”

Joachim Low: injured Shkodran Mustafi set for “extended layoff”

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 08: Shkodran Mustafi of Germany walks injured off the field during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Germany and Azerbaijan at Fritz-Walter-Stadion on October 8, 2017 in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Germany national coach Joachim Low says that Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi is expected to be sidelined for some time after the German international was forced to limp out of Germany’s 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Mustafi, 24, pulled up clutching his right thigh in the 36th minute of the match just before Azerbaijan scored their only goal in the match through Ramil Sheydaev and Low later confirmed he sustained a suspected muscle injury.

“With Mustafi it seems that it is some muscle tear or some muscle fibre tear,” Low said. “It looks a bit more serious. In any case it could force him to a longer break.”

Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule was also substituted in the 22nd minute as a precaution, with Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger coming on in his place.

Having already secured their place in Russia next year with victory over Northern Ireland, Leon Goretzka’s brilliant backheel sent Germany on their way to victory at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern on Sunday. Sandro Wagner also continued his fine form by scoring his fifth goal in five caps as Germany topped Group C.

Despite Seydaev’s equaliser, Azerbaijan fell apart after the break, conceding three times in 12 minutes from Wagner, Antonio Rudiger and Goretzka, with Emre Can adding a stunning late fifth.

Germany finished 11 points clear of Northern Ireland, whom they beat 3-1 in Belfast on Thursday to reach Russia, with a 100% record.

But on club level, with Laurent Koscielny having pulled out of France’s squad last week with an achilles injury and Calum Chambers yet to feature this season due to a hip problem, any enforced absence would be a potential headache for Arsene Wenger before Saturday’s trip to Watford.