Arsenal, along with 11 other European giants, announced last night that we are one of the founding members of The European Super League. (Arsenal.com)
The new competition is expected to replace the current Champions League. The 12 founding members will be joined by eight more clubs – only three of which will be given a permanent place.
The remaining five will be given an opportunity to qualify every season to take part in the competition that has received humongous backlash from fans, pundits and the media over the last 24 hours.
So what really is The European Super League? Is it really as bad as people claim it is, or will Arsenal really benefit from it? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons.
Guaranteed participation: Arsenal and all other founding members will play in the competition year after year irrespective of where we finish in the Premier League.
No relegation: Arsenal can finish 20th in the Super League and it simply will not matter. There will be no relegation and we will get a direct entry back into the competition in the following season irrespective of our performance in the previous campaign.
Money: It all comes down to this, doesn’t it?
Arsenal announced last night that the founding clubs will receive an amount of €3.5 billion (£3.02 billion) solely to support their infrastructure investment plans and to offset the impact of the COVID pandemic.
It has also been revealed by The Athletic that every team that participates in the competition will be offered a fee in the region of £310 million – over three times as much as what clubs currently get for playing in the Champions League.
UEFA sanctions: The governing body has made it absolutely clear that they are opposing The European Super League.
They have announced that clubs who take part in the competition could be banned – at domestic, European or world level – and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams. (UEFA.com)
Europa League semi-final: Arsenal are on course to win our first European trophy since the 1993-94 season. We only have to get past Unai Emery’s Villarreal to get into the final, and a win there will give us the cup that we’ve never won.
However, UEFA could well kick us out of the competition. Both Arsenal and Manchester United could be suspended from playing in the Europa League because of our participation in the Super League, which would be a huge blow.
Investments from Stan Kroenke: Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has almost always been on the bad side of Gunners supporters for not investing enough in the club, especially to help us in transfers.
That could become worse if The European Super League is given the green light by all governing bodies.
Arsenal will get a ton of money from the new competition which reduces the need for Kroenke to put his own money into the club. That’s what he always wanted, didn’t he, and it is no surprise that he is one of the driving forces behind the Super League.
Backlash from fans: It is safe to say, Arsenal fans and football supporters in general are absolutely outraged by the idea of clubs selling themselves to be a part of the new European Super League.
The history and tradition of clubs and the competitions we’ve all been involved in over the last century means absolutely nothing now. Football has become a business and sadly, things will only get worse moving forward.
Arsenal and all the other founding members should be ashamed of themselves. However, with how poor UEFA and FIFA have been with their own competitions, this was always going to happen, irrespective of whether the fans liked it or not.