Premier League - Wenger proposes January start to season

Arsene Wenger has floated a radical idea to try and improve the English game – by suggesting the season could be started in January.

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Many managers have often looked for a winter break, but the Arsenal boss has recommended going even further by rewriting the traditional football calendar to follow the lead of leagues like the Japanese J-League and the MLS in America.

"I understand it looks completely strange as people have been educated the current way but I moved to Japan and the season was in January to November," he said,

"We started training in January and after a while it was completely normal.

"The period of rest would be the same. It wouldn’t change the number of games. You would not be confronted with these situations when players are playing in two different championships. You would play during the summer period in the best period for football to be played."

Wenger said that he feels English football is at a disadvantage over leagues like Germany and Spain who both enjoy a winter break.

However, despite these concerns, the Frenchman still believes that the Premier League is the best in the world despite some underwhelming results in Europe this season.

"I don’t think we are getting worse. Maybe we have less room, less margin, than we had before when it was just a question of when we would qualify (from our Champions League group)," he said.

"Now German football has come up, Spanish football is there every year and some French clubs have come back like Paris Saint-Germain.

"It looks less obvious for us. But I still think England is the best league, because there’s something more here. It’s not only linked with what you see on the pitch but how you experience football. And when I speak to the players they say exactly the same."

Would you be in favour of a change to the football calendar? Would you like to watch your team play games in the summer? How about a winter break? Leave your thoughts below.

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