Ian Wright: Arsenal great David Rocastle ‘would be turning in his grave’ over European Super League

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Ian Wright says Arsenal great David Rocastle "would be turning in his grave" over the European Super League proposals.

The Gunners are one of six Premier League clubs to have signed up to be a founding member of the Champions League rival competition.

The reaction has been loud and fierce, with people across the sport and beyond condemning the plans and Wright has added to the chorus.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw Arsenal's name [mentioned]," he said on Twitter. "This is the same Arsenal that only a couple of weeks ago was commended for the tribute to David Rocastle.

"God, the man would be turning in his grave knowing what is going on now."

"Is this how far we have fallen? We are now are getting into competitions [this way] because we're not good enough to get into them, For the detriment of the English game, we are getting a seat at a table we have no right to be at.

"It's shameful. As a player, I'm worrying that 'if I play in this competition that I can't play in the Euros, the World Cup...'

"Where is the competition in this? Why haven't we seen exactly how this will work - not that I want to, because I totally disagree with it.

"Where's the jeopardy? Who goes down? Who wins? What do they win? Are we supposed to play these great teams on a weekly basis?

"I played against AC Milan twice in my career and I will never forget it. We are not supposed to play these teams on so frequently? It's not meant to be like that.

"You dream of playing the Champions League and the World Cup. You dream of playing in the Euros for you country. Now they are saying you're not allowed to play in these competitions.

"If I'm a player, I would be absolutely sh---ing myself.

"If you look at the time and the way it was announced. It was announced around 11pm - are they catering for us? They don't care about what's going on in England.

"The clubs which are involved are English by name only. It's a shame, a real shame that this has happened."

He added: "It just makes me very sad, guys. It makes me very sad. The fans will see straight through it. I love the way that everybody is roundly condemning this and we have to stick together. We have to."

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