Arsenal continue to receive a ton of backlash from fans, pundits, media and now former employees for their involvement in the European Super League.
The Gunners joined the new competition as one of the founding members alongside 11 other top clubs. The Super League is set to replace the Champions League when it does begin, and all the teams involved will make a ton of money from it.
UEFA, FIFA and all local football bodies are against the 12 clubs’ decision to break away from the existing competitions. Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims that this idea is a threat to football, but believes that it ‘will not go very far’.
He told TalkSport: “I would say that’s a bad idea. Football has to stay united, it’s the most important thing. It’s based on sporting merit and overall to respect the history that has been built from European football. I believe, personally, that this idea will not go far.
“I don’t know what exactly is behind (it). There is a more dangerous idea behind it and it’s a big threat for the Premier League. When I was still in charge it was a lot going on from other countries to diminish the dominance of the Premier League and a project like that would certainly accelerate that.”
Asked about Arsenal’s involvement, he said: “I don’t know what’s going on but that doesn’t change what I think. I believe for me, the most important, is to keep unity in the game and that football is played the same all over the world and that it’s inside one organisation.
“I think it was a strength as football was the most popular sport in the world and this was one of the reasons. Absolutely we have to fight to keep football simple, understandable and based on merit and everybody has the same chance and dream to be successful.”
Mesut Ozil backs Wenger’s opinion
Ozil, who only left Arsenal in January, shares the same opinion as the manager who brought him to North London.
The German has claimed on Twitter that kids grow up with a dream to play in World Cups and Champions Leagues – not Super Leagues. He claims that excitement for big games that would happen once or twice a year is a lot more enjoyable than seeing the biggest names face each other every other week.
We’ve got to say, Mesut is spot on here. Our owners will make a lot of money through the Super League, but that will only happen at the cost of our beautiful game. Sadly, we cannot do anything about it.