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12th Jun 2023

Arsene Wenger explains where Man City can improve after treble win

Callum Boyle

Man City

They’ve just won the treble mate

Arsene Wenger believes that Manchester City will still need to be busy in the transfer window, despite their historic treble.

Man City became the first English side since Manchester United in 1999 to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in the same season after their 1-0 win against Inter Milan.

Under Guardiola’s stewardship City have become one of the most dominant teams, winning five of the last six Premier League titles and are unsurprisingly overwhelming favourites to retain their crown again next year.

Despite their unprecedented success, Guardiola has been warned that he can’t afford to become complacent.

Wenger said: “I must say, I was thinking as well at the celebrations: What do you now at City? Do you go for a new challenge? Motivate yourself for a new challenge?

“Or do you stay, take advantage of the credit and continue to develop this team? They will lose maybe important players. This team is not an old team but there are no young players.

“Apart from [Erling] Haaland, who is 22 now, all the others are between 24 and 32 years old. So two or three new players will need to change. They have to find the same quality again.”

The Frenchman added that while City have huge financial backing, they used their riches far more wise

He added: “What I like about City is that they have huge financial resources they have used it in a intelligent, rational and consistent way. They [the owners] bought Man City in 2007 and they were not impatient.

“The team that plays tonight, they slowly got rid of the players that do not meet the mentality you need to win at the top level. I don’t speak about the football quality, but the mental quality.

“Year after year, they built the team to be mentally strong at the top. That’s why, after the financial aspect, we know to get to the top you need huge resources – they use it in an intelligent way.”

City are currently under investigation for over 100 alleged breaches of financial fair play between the  2009/10 season to the 2017/18 campaign.

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