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Midweek Sport - - TONIGHT'S PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION - By FRANK MCCAULEY

ARSE­NAL chief ex­ec­u­tive Ivan Gazidis ad­mits his club will NEVER be able to com­pete with the likes of Chelsea and Manch­ester City in the trans­fer mar­ket.

But he be­lieves Arsene Wenger’s fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing young play­ers is the cor­rect way to run a foot­ball club.

The Gun­ners are hav­ing ar­guably their worst sea­son un­der Wenger since he took over as man­ager 16 years ago.

They are fifth in the Premier League and look set to miss out on Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball next term un­less their form im­proves over the rest of the sea­son.

Wenger in­fu­ri­ated sec­tions of the Arse­nal sup­port by re­fus­ing to bring in a mar­quee sign­ing last sum­mer de­spite sell­ing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabre­gas for a com­bined fee of more than £50mil­lion.

The Gun­ners boss has also had a quiet Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, while Chelsea and City con­tinue to spend money like it’s go­ing out of fash­ion.

But Gazidis is not a fan of how his ri­vals con­duct their fi­nan­cial af­fairs.

“Our model does mean we can’t af­ford to com­pete with oil money, and we can’t af­ford to com­pete with su­per-wealthy in­di­vid­u­als from Rus­sia,” he

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chief ex­ec­u­tive Ivan Gazidis

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