Arsene Wenger says European Super League would destroy Premier League advantage / Arteta coy on the proposal with Arsenal reportedly approached

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Money over competition

News surfaced that both Manchetser United and Liverpool are in talks to be the founders’ of a European Premier League backed by FIFA. With the support of almost $6 billion from American bank JP Morgan, it appears the league is coming ever closer.

Former Arsenal manager turned FIFA employee Arsene Wenger has mused as to why European clubs are so keen. The Frenchman breaks down how the league would effectively remove the Premier League’s advantage.

“The Premier League has a superiority. Project Big Picture wanted to reinforce this superiority. The other leagues try to destroy the advantage the Premier League has,” said Wenger.

“For them, the best thing to attain that is to create a European League. So that means to destroy the Premier League, basically. So if they get the agreement from the big English clubs, it will happen.”

Whilst competitively the league may close the gap between the English clubs and Europe’s elite, Wenger feels that is not the main motivation for the clubs.

“We are in a period of owners who are investors. What is investors’ first target? To make more money. So that European Super League is maybe one way to make more money.”

Arsene to Arteta

The former Arsenal manager may now be able to speak more freely about the Super League’s prospects. However, the current coach is much more coy. Speaking last week ahead of the Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna, Arteta was coy on the idea.

“I don’t know, it’s like a new format is coming out every three or four days. I think there will be more coming out very soon. Again, I ask for some unity here, to defend the interest of everybody like it’s been the case in the UK. I think that has made this league so unique.”

“These things have to evolve in one way or another, but let’s try to do it together to find the right solution.”

Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta reacts during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 25, 2020. – Leicester won the match 1-0. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

It appears from the Spaniard’s assessment were a Super League to be created, he would want to be part of it. Arsenal have been without Champions League football and the financial support for a number of seasons now. The continental league would certainly boost the club’s financial muscle.

See also: Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can win Premier League under Arteta

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