Arsene Wenger issues major warning over what potential Euro Super League would mean for Burnley and other PL clubs

Arsene Wenger has claimed that the formation of a European Super League could have the potential to "destroy” the English Premier League.
Arsene Wenger (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)Arsene Wenger (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)
Arsene Wenger (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)

Reports recently emerged detailing a £4.6 billion plan backed by Wall Street bank JP Morgan to create a new continental division that would include up to five of England’s top clubs.

Manchester United and Liverpool are already understood to have taken part in preliminary talks, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur have also been touted as potential participants.

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The competition, which would bring about a major shake-up for the global football landscape, is said to be backed by FIFA, and could begin as early as 2022.

But Wenger, who works as the governing body’s head of global development, has issued a stark warning over what the plans could mean for those clubs who are not involved.

As quoted by Sky Sports, the former Arsenal manager said: "The Premier League has a superiority, the other leagues try to destroy the advantage that the Premier League has.

"For them, the best thing to do that is to create a European League, which would basically destroy the Premier League.

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"So if they get the agreement from the big English clubs, it would happen.”

He added: "We're in a period of owners who are investors.

"Their first target is to make more money. And the European Super League is one way, maybe, to make more money."

While concrete information on the Super League remains at a relative premium, leaked documents on the competition suggest that it would comprise of 18 teams from across the continent, with more than a dozen already said to be in negotiations.

The tournament would take place during the regular European season, with both home and away fixtures, and an eventual knockout round for the highest-ranked sides.

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Prior to his resignation earlier this week, former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu suggested that the Catalan giants have already agreed to sign up for the new competition.

Meanwhile, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has sought to distance himself from speculation surrounding the potential plans, instead emphasising his desire to reform the Club World Cup.

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