Arsène Wenger Questions Motives of Chelsea Decision to Sell Juan Mata: Nightly Soccer Report

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the motives of Chelsea Football Club’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United.

Wenger said today:

“[Mourinho] sums up what Chelsea’s thinking is [about Juan Mata].

“I am surprised because Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent. It opens [up] again a little bit the opportunity of this transfer market because Chelsea had already played twice against Man United so they don’t play again. They could have sold him last week [before the United game].

“It opens, at least, the opportunity of the dates of this transfer window. Some teams have already played twice against one opponent and some others, not. If you want to respect the fairness for everybody exactly in the game, that should not happen. I just think you would want everybody on the same level. I can understand completely what Chelsea is doing. They do not do the rules but, maybe, the rules should be a bit more adapted to more fairness.”

In Arsenal’s remaining fixtures, they still have games against Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, among others. Chelsea have a much easier schedule with no games against United, but they do play Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Spurs.

While Wenger says it’s not a level playing field, the Premier League is not going to change the fixture list any time in the future to have clubs play each of their opponents between August-December. Some clubs will always have a perceived advantage in the transfer window.

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