Arsene Wenger insists the European Super League would ‘destroy’ the Premier League as former Arsenal boss admits English top-flight ‘wanted to reinforce its superiority’ with Project Big Picture
Arsene Wenger has warned the Premier League that it could be destroyed if the European Super League eventually comes into place.
After the drastic proposals of Project Big Picture – which was led by Manchester United and Liverpool – were quashed following a meeting with Premier League clubs, the European Super League was the next plan to be drafted.
Talks have since taken place over the set up of the new £4.6billion European League but former Arsenal boss Wenger, now head of global football development at FIFA, insists its creation could have a catastrophic impact on the English game.
Arsene Wenger claims the European Super League would ‘destroy’ the Premier League
Wenger told the Guardian: ‘The Premier League has a superiority. The project [Big Picture] wanted to reinforce this superiority.
‘The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has. 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 English big clubs, it will happen.’
Wenger then claimed the main target by the driving forces behind the European League is to ‘make more money’.
When quizzed on whether the European Super League is football driven or business-led, Wenger replied: ‘It is football as well. But of course, we are in a period of owners who are investors.
The European Super League is expected to involve between 16 and 18 of the biggest teams
‘What are the investors’ first target? It’s to make more money. And so that the European Super League is one way maybe to make more money.’
The European Super League competition is expected to involve between 16 and 18 teams, and will be played at midweek during the normal European club season.
It would start as a typical league campaign before the top-performing teams would enter a knockout competition to crown a champion.
Relegation could form part of the new league, and it is believed that some ideas from an earlier iteration could be adopted within this new proposal.
Outgoing Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu dropped a bombshell this week when he revealed he had ratified the club’s participation in the European Super League before announcing his resignation.
Josep Bartomeu revealed he had ratified Barcelona’s participation in European Super League
The Catalans are one of several European clubs who would likely become part of the new competition, which is threatening to replace the Champions League in the coming years.
But following Bartomeu’s bombshell, FIFA have distanced themselves from the notion of a breakaway league.
A FIFA statement read: ‘FIFA is not aware of any agreement.
‘As we already said last week, the topic of a so-called ‘European Super League’ comes up every now and then and FIFA has no wish to comment further on this since there are already well-established football institutional structures to deal with it.
‘Generally speaking, and as stated again last week by the FIFA president, the focus for FIFA is on global football development and the new Club World Cup, and not any European Super League.’
Manchester United and Liverpool were the driving forces behind Project Big Picture