Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger slams ‘big six’ and delights in looming collapse of European Super League

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger slams 'big six' and delights in looming collapse of European Super League
The Frenchman says the breakaway clubs will struggle to repair trust (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revelled in the looming collapse of the European Super League and slammed the Premier League’s ‘big six’ for agreeing to the breakaway competition.

The announcement of a new league from which none of the 12 founding members can be relegated – and just five ‘open’ slots for other teams – was met with outrage and stern resistance.

Fans, pundits, players, governing bodies and politicians were all allied in their opposition to the Super League and appear to have already triggered a humiliating climbdown from many of the clubs involved in less than 48 hours.

Super League protest, Arsenal Emirates stadium, London
Fans were united in their opposition to the Super League plans (Picture: Getty)

Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing documents to withdraw from the Super League, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are also set to walk away and Manchester United chairman Ed Woodward has resigned following the backlash.

Wenger, who is Fifa’s chief of global football development, is thrilled that the Super League has unravelled so quickly, but took aim at the Premier League’s contingent of rebel clubs – which includes Arsenal – for entertaining the idea in the first place.

‘I’m not surprised it didn’t last long. I never believed from the start it would happen,’ said Wenger to beIN SPORTS on Tuesday evening.

‘It ignored the basic principles of sporting merit. If you ignore that you kill the domestic leagues, so fans would never accept that. Rightly so.’

Turning on the Premier League’s ‘big six’, he continued: ‘The damage that has been done between clubs in the Premier League will be difficult to repair.

Super League protest, Arsenal Emirates stadium, London
Chelsea and Man City are backing out – will Arsenal follow suit? (Picture: Getty)

‘Every suggestion from the six clubs who wanted to join the Super League will now be very hard to get through.

‘I must say the biggest paradox in all of this was the English clubs. England voted for Brexit to master their own destiny.

‘England has the strongest league in the world. By signing these documents, they were destroying the Premier League. Unbelievable.’

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