Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he will always be forced to buy outside the Premiership.

He said: "The top-class English players simply aren't available. When you talk about top-class English players you talk about Steven Gerrard, Frank LampardJohn Terry and Wayne Rooney.

"They aren't available because they are all at big clubs who don't want to sell. So then if you want to buy that equivalent international quality you go for someone such as Elano at Manchester City for eight million. You could not get an equivalent English player for that much."