City would love to be where we are! Arsenal chief Gazidis in bizarre swipe
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has taken a swipe at Manchester City, claiming the Premier League leaders would love to be in the same position as the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger's side are five points adrift of the coveted Champions League places, while City sit pretty at the top of the table.
The Gunners do, however, have top level European football to look forward to next month, while City face the ignominy of the Europa League.
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Gazidis pointed to the vast difference in wealth between the two clubs and insisted the Gunners were going about things the right way, despite the criticism it takes for lack of spending.
City have been forced to focus all their attention on winning their first league title since 1968 and the Europa League after crashing out of the Champions League, FA Cup and Carling Cup.
While mounting a serious title challenge seems unrealistic, the Gunners are still in the Champions League and FA Cup.
And Gazidis said: ‘Our objective is always to win trophies, and it is this year as it has been before. We're in three competitions this year.
‘You know, Manchester City would love to be in three competitions. They're not. You know, so, money is not everything in this game.
‘I don't disagree that it's important. But we do things based on a value system. We're about creating star players, not about buying them.
‘We're about what happens in a team, between players, not individual superstars. And I think that's an inspiration to people around the world.'
And Gazidis feels City's big spending ways will eventually catch up with them.
He added on Fox Sports: ‘Of course there's anxiety when the clubs are spending the kind of money they're spending. We don't believe that's sustainable for the long term. We think that has to come to an end.
‘UEFA agrees with us and is bringing limits on spending in, and we'll continue to do things the way we do them'