Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wenger: "French clubs on the rise"

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has expressed satisfaction with the
progress of French clubs [domestic League and in Europe].

The Frenchman started his managerial career in France - guiding Metz
and Monaco, Le Professeur won the Ligue1 crown 22-years ago with the
latter and took them to the 1992 Cup winners Cup final.

The experienced tactician couldn't hide his joy at the progress of his
country's League and he attributed the success to a lot of factors:
"French clubs on the rise. They are not quite at the level of the
English and Spanish clubs. But they are definately in the right track.
Ligue1 is a lot stronger than it was three years ago, for example.
There is a lot more money from telivision rights and they have created
some football specific tax breaks.
That has allowed them to hold on to a few important players such as
Bordeaux's Yohan Gourcuff and also attract some big foreign players
such as Lisandro Lopez at Lyon and Lucho Gonzalez at Marseille,"
Wenger concluded.