Arsene Wenger’s withering assessment of ‘amateurish’ European Super League

Alex Young
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Arsene Wenger has given a withering assessment of the "amateurish" European Super League, insisting "everybody in Europe dreams of destroying the Premier League".

The Super League proposals from 12 of Europe's major clubs - including Premier League sides Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham - were met with widespread criticism before the project collapsed inside 48 hours.

Wenger has long predicted such proposals, though was surprised at the willingness of England's 'Big Six'.

"It was born dead. From the start, I couldn't believe it would work," Wenger told The Telegraph. "The most surprising in all that was the English behaviour. Everybody dreams of destroying the Premier League in Europe. In England we do it ourselves.

"I can't understand the rationality behind that because England voted for Brexit and now they want to bring a Super League. The English has the strongest league. The Super League would destroy, 100 per cent, the Premier League.

"The basis of our sporting culture in Europe is to have access through your performances to top-level competition.

"I don't understand how anybody could believe that capping the link between the domestic league and access to the top league would pass and would be accepted by the fans.

"The rest is how amateurish all that looked in the presentation, in the preparation. You worry quite a lot how our top clubs are managed. It looked to be a quick fix for the financial problems that these clubs have."

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