Wenger 'not scared to spend'

Arsenla manager Arsene Wenger says the club is ready to spend big again on world-class talent like Mesut Ozil. But he said he's not bout to abandon his long-standing principle of youth development.

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Collymore defends Hodgson against 'race gaffe' row

Former England footballer Stan Collymore has defended Roy Hodgson after the England manager was forced to apologise for a half time joke.

The former Liverpool and Nottingham Forest striker went as far as suggesting the row was undermining efforts to fight racism in the sport.

Wayne Rooney and Andros Townsend have both defended their manager and questioned why there has been such furore over the incident.

However, equality group Kick It Out have called for an investigation into the comments.

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Kick It Out call for investigation into Hodgson joke

Equality group Kick It Out have called for an investigation into comments made by Roy Hodgson at half time of England's 2-0 win over Poland.

Hodgson, 66, told a joke about an astronaut and a space monkey to illustrate the need for Chris Smalling to get the ball to Andros Townsend in the second half.

Roy Hodgson has apologised for any offence caused by his half time joke Credit: PA Wire

In a statement, the group said: "Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, recognises and shares the concerns of the parties who felt mindful to bring the comments into the public domain.

"The matter has been raised by the Chair, Lord Herman Ouseley, directly with The Football Association (FA), who acknowledges the apology made by Roy Hodgson, and now seeks an investigation to ascertain the full facts and ensure a similar situation does not arise again."

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Arsenal 'based on tradition, and well forward thinking'

I am quite happy that we have shown to you that we are not scared to spend money when we think the players have the quality and we have the funds available to do it.

I believe we have a huge advantage in that our club is well respected all over the world because we have values, because we are not artificial, because we are based on tradition, we are as well forward thinking and we give a chance to young people who deserve it.

That is for me something that is very important to preserve.

– Arsene Wenger

Arsenal 'not scared to spend' on world-class talent

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club is ready to spend again on buying more world-class talent, like Mesut Ozil. Wenger spoke as Arsenal held their annual general meeting, having smashed their transfer record with the £43 million deadline day signing.

Arsene Wenge Credit: Press Association

However, Arsene Wenger told shareholders the club was not about to abandon its long-standing principle of youth development.

He said: "The development of our club has to be based on the intelligence of our eye. That means players who are unknown and who can become big players here, through our connections, the quality of our scouting, through the quality of what we have seen in them and how they could develop.

"Then, part of our development and ambition is to scout and buy recognised world class players. This season for example we have bought Ozil. You don't need any scout to buy Ozil. You just need money.

"I am quite happy that we have shown to you that we are not scared to spend money when we think the players have the quality and we have the funds available to do it."

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