After Arsene Wenger revealed that one of his main objectives every season was to ensure that Arsenal qualify for the group stages of the Champions league, you might have thought he would be pleased with the idea of merging it with the Europa league to have one big competition with 64 teams in. That would mean it would be much easier for Arsenal to qualify as there would be about seven teams from the Premier league in it.
Wenger, however, does not like the idea, and thinks it would not help the competition or the domestic leagues, as it would be, essentially, a full European league rather than a cup competition. It would also diminish the prestige and have an adverse effect on audiences in the group stages, according to the Frenchman.
“I’m not convinced because the Champions league already has audience problems in the group stage.
“I think that would create more and lower the level. It would mean you create a complete European championship.
“That could be detrimental to the national leagues as well and could take some interest out of the first stages of the Champions league.”
Obviously, the reason why Wenger places such importance on the Champions league is because of it’s prestige. Of course it brings in a lot of money, but it is also a big draw for players. For instance, Modric has spoken this week about Tottenham and Real Madrid, declaring that Spurs will lose Gareth Bale in the summer if they fail to get in the Champions league again.
The fact that it is hard to get in it makes it more desirable. Arsenal have some work to do this season, but Wenger is an expert at qualifying, both for the group stages and for the next round. Spurs got a lucky win this week, but a win against Swansea today could take us back above them and get us heading in the right direction.
Arsenal vs. Swansea will be on JustLiveStreaming.com