Arsene Wenger was recently in Switzerland with a host of other top European managers to discuss the future of the game. Other attendees at the UEFA conference included Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Andre Villas-Boas.
A ccording to the Metro Ajax coach Frank De Boer revealed a controversial proposal put forward by the Arsenal boss. He said: “Arsene wondered if we could get rid of the ‘no-offside from a throw’ rule.”.
He added that Wenger said: “They can be very direct, and there is a growing trend for teams just to throw the ball to the far post. We’re supposed to be playing football not handball.”
There is no doubt that Wenger has Rory Delap and Stoke City in mind with his proposal since he also asked for clarification about the use of towels to dry the ball before throw-ins, something that has irritated Arsene Wenger.
However Gunners fans will hope that the arrival of Per Mertesacker will go some way to protecting the Arsenal goal from set-pieces, they have the highest rate of conceding from such instances in the Premier League. The German defender is almost 2 meters tall and will be an imposing presence in defence. It’s a good things because Wenger may well have to rely on his defenders rather than any rule changes from FIFA to help his side keep clean sheets.