Arsene Wenger warns European Super League would ‘destroy’ Premier League

Arsene Wenger has warned that a European Super League would destroy the Premier League.

Talk has grown over the past few months over the creation of such a competition, culminating in the revelation of Project Big Picture.

Drastic proposals brought forward by Manchester United and Liverpool chiefs were quashed.

But the set-up of a European Super League, worth £4.6bn, has started to formulate between some of the biggest clubs on the continent.

And Wenger, head of global football development at FIFA, has insisted that any such division would spell the end for the Premier League.

Speaking to the Guardian, the ex- Arsenal manager said: "The Premier League has a superiority.

"The project [Big Picture] wanted to reinforce this superiority.

"The other leagues tried to destroy the advantage the Premier League has. For them, the best thing to attain that is to create a European league.

"So that means to destroy the Premier League, basically. So if they get the agreement from the English big clubs, it will happen."

A European Super League would almost entirely be ruled by the 'top clubs' dotted on the continent and would likely replace the Champions League.

It would mean clubs are safeguarded from the perils of missing out on the competition, a fate that has befallen United in recent years.

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When pressed on whether the formulation of such a competition is based on football merits on business ones, Wenger replied: "It is football as well.

"But of course, we are in a period of owners who are investors.

"What are the investors' first target? It's to make more money. And so that the European Super League is one way maybe to make more money."

It comes just days after Barcelona 's outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed his last action was to ratify the club's participation in the European Super League, confirming talks are going ahead behind closed doors.

It remains to be seen how such a competition would work within a domestic setting but it is likely that a league of 16 to 18 teams would play midweek matches between home duties.

That would see a typical league campaign played out parallel to any domestic division, before clubs go into a knockout style of tournament to determine a champion.

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