Arsene Wenger believes financial requirements will do away with the Champions League and a European Super League will replace it.
Arsene Wenger has predicted that a European Super League will be formed within ten years, with top English clubs battling against top clubs from Italy and Spain on a weekly basis while fielding different teams in the Premier League.
The Arsenal manager discussed his thoughts on the furture of the game ahead of Arsenal’s first leg tie with Celtic in the Champions League.
' The way we are going, the money coming in from the Champions League, for some clubs, will not be enough any more.
At the moment, the income is owned and distributed by Uefa, but the way that we’re going now financially is that even the money that comes in from the Champions League won’t be enough for some clubs because they spend so much money.
I’m not sure 100% that I am right but I feel that there are some voices behind the scenes in our game aiming to do something about a European league, especially if the rules become too restrictive for the big clubs as things currently stand.
If a European league does happen the question is whether clubs will transfer from a national league or whether it is a franchised European league. That’s the question people will have to answer.
I personally believe only in sporting merit, so if one league is created there has to be promotion up and down but that would be, practically, very difficult to resolve.
I do not want to kill the national leagues so each team should have to play in the national league and in Europe. That means the Euro league taking place in midweek and the national league over the weekend. All this would mean having two teams, basically.
I believe the national leagues will survive, but certainly within ten years there will be a European league.