Wenger refuses to believe it is just all about who has the biggest cash pile.
"There are different ways to be successful in football. Money helps, but it is not the only way," said the French coach, who transformed the Gunners into one of Europe's leading clubs in his 16-season tenure.
"I believe that the names of a club are built up through consistency of their attitude and behaviours, clubs like Arsenal and Man United or even Man City, who are 100 years old or more, that's the consistency of the quality of their work that makes their name."
Wenger, though, feels eventually the tide will turn towards clubs living within the income which they generate.
"I do not complain. I am happy to work within the conditions we have set, slowly everybody will get there," he said.
"The future anyway is where we are. It cannot go on a different way because in England you will have financial fair play, in Europe you will have financial fair play.
"What makes sense if you spend the money you earn, in life it is like that, for you and for me."