When the rumours about a European Super League broke about two weeks ago, just over half of JustArsenal readers said they did not want it to happen. But that will obviously not deter the money men from ignoring them and having serious discussions about the possibility.
The new Arsenal Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, has now confirmed that the talks really did happen but denied that there were any final decisions made. ‘We need to make sure Arsenal is always in any driving seat of anything that may happen in the future,’ said Sanllehi. ‘We need to at least be aware and decide in a responsible way whether that is the direction to take or not. We need to be there.
‘It won’t happen in the short to medium term because we have an agreement with UEFA right now — but I don’t know what the future will bring because the future writes itself.
‘The way it was explained (in Football Leaks) may seem we were doing secret things but there is nothing secret.
‘There’s only one misleading thing: you used the words ‘Arsenal are signed to it’.
‘There is a document that has been presented in that article that has Arsenal’s name, it also has Barcelona’s name. But there’s no signature and I can assure you because it’s a draft.
‘It’s a real document — I cannot deny that but I can assure I’ve not seen that document.’
So the document is real and the talks are real. Before Arsene Wenger left the Gunners he said that the European Super League was ‘inevitable’, so Le Prof was obviously involved in the preliminary talks as well.
So the new question is. If it is going to happen anyway, should Arsenal make sure they are included or show solidarity with the smaller teams (like the Spuds!) that aren’t invited?