Saturday, 30th July, 2011

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has compared French giants Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester City, believing that the money at the Ligue 1 outfit’s disposal puts them on another level.

PSG have received investment from the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar and have put vast riches at new sporting director Leonardo’s fingertips.

And PSG have spent, mostly bringing in other players from Ligue 1, such as Kevin Gameiro and Blaise Matuidi, but also raiding Serie A for Mohamed Sissoko and Jeremy Menez, while Javier Pastore looks close to joining the new boys at the Parc des Prince.

For Wenger, PSG’s vast wealth has moved the goalposts.

"The new Paris Saint-Germain intend to achieve a new level and are a ‘French Manchester City’ with this large influx of money", said the Gunners boss.

"I do not know if it’s true or not, but it seems they took Pastore last night. This is a huge investment.

"They are now living on another planet compared to all other clubs in France."

However, Wenger is also happy to see a club from his homeland able to compete at the top end of the transfer market.

"It’s good for French football to be able again to buy top level players and compete with the rest of European football."

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