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Arsene Wenger gets buttshook over Juan Mata transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United

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Arsene Wenger doesn't seem to be very happy about the Juan Mata deal, suggesting that the move is unfair.

Laurence Griffiths

Arsene Wenger isn't happy about Manchester United buying Juan Mata from Chelsea, considering the deal unfair.

The French boss said: "I am surprised. Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent. Chelsea have already played twice against Man United, they could have sold him last week." Well, yes, they might, but then he'd have been able to play against them. Oh, I see what you're saying.

"I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody, this should not happen. I can understand completely what Chelsea are doing, and they do not make the rules, but maybe the rules should be a bit more adapted for fairness."

Hearing Monsieur Wenger speak almost makes one sound like a libertarian when pointing out the flaws in his logic. Both sides and the player wanted to move and agreed a price and terms - how can it possibly be unfair? What's the point of bringing in new laws against it? How would you possibly organise that?

Whinging aimlessly when top of the league is rarely a good sign, historically. Be interesting to see what happens now.