Super League would ‘100 percent’ destroy the Premier League, Arsene Wenger claims … while former Arsenal boss insists ‘everyone in Europe dreams of’ taking down England’s top flight
- The Premier League Big Six signed up and then withdrew from the Super League
- Arsene Wenger’s former club Arsenal was one of six who joined
- But they apologized before fans protested owner Stan Kroenke
- The Frenchman is confused why English clubs have joined the leading group
Arsene Wenger believes that a European Super League now or in the future would certainly cause the Premier League’s destruction.
The Premier League ‘Big Six’ signed up and founded the breakaway league on Sunday, only to withdraw 48 hours later amid massive protests from fans outside stadiums and on social media.
Wenger’s former club Arsenal were the first to apologize to their supporters for their role in bringing about the controversial Super League, with the club’s fans holding a protest against owner Stan Kroenke on Friday in anticipation of their defeat to Everton.
Arsene Wenger believes a European Super League would destroy the Premier League
Wenger’s former club Arsenal – owned by Stan Kroenke (center) – was one of six Premier League clubs to sign up before later retiring
But in conversation with The Telegraphthe 71-year-old Frenchman admitted that he was perplexed by the English clubs that signed up for the league, claiming that everyone in Europe wants to see the Premier League collapse.
‘It [the Super League] born dead, ” said Wenger – who is now FIFA’s head of global development after leaving the Gunners in 2018 after being at the helm for 22 years – said.
‘From the start I couldn’t believe it would work. Most surprising was the English behavior.
Everyone dreams of destroying the Premier League in Europe. In England we do it ourselves.
It led to a fan protest against the American on Friday in the run-up to their defeat to Everton
‘I can’t understand the rationality behind that, because England voted for Brexit and now they want to create a super league.
‘The English have the strongest competition. The Super League would destroy the Premier League 100 percent. ‘
Wenger – who predicted the formation of a new tournament similar to the Super League in 2009 – has already made it to Super League proposals this week, urging the football world to ‘stay united’.
“I’d say that’s a bad idea,” Wenger told talkSPORT. ‘Football must remain united, that is the most important thing.
Wenger claimed it was ‘everyone’s dream in Europe’ to see the Premier League collapse
‘It is based on sporting merits and in general we respect the history built from European football.
‘I don’t know what exactly is behind (it). There is a more dangerous idea behind it and it is a major threat to the Premier League.
“When I was still in charge, a lot was happening from other countries to reduce the dominance of the Premier League and such a project would certainly accelerate that.”
Arsenal and fellow Premier League rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham have all now pulled out, but Super League president Florentino Perez threatened them with their ‘legally binding contracts’.
Super League chairman Florentino Perez warned Premier League clubs that they had signed ‘legally binding contracts’
When asked what sanctions could be faced by clubs that have withdrawn, Perez said: ‘I’m not going to explain what a binding contract is … But the clubs can’t leave.
‘Some of them have been forced to say they are leaving. But this project or something like that will continue, and I hope it is soon.
The Super League still exists, and the members are still in it. Now we have given ourselves several weeks to think as we face the violence that some people, who do not want to lose their privileges, have used to manipulate our project. ‘