Arsene Wenger responds to Arsenal’s European Super League involvement

Arsene Wenger has labelled the European Super League a "bad idea" and says he has no idea what is going on at Arsenal.

The legendary Gunners boss predicted a breakaway European league involving only the tops clubs on the continent around 12 years ago and condemned the idea then.

Now that the plan has come to fruition he is equally against the proposal, pointing out, like Sir Alex Ferguson, that the plan is disrespectful to the history of European football.

"I would say that it's a bad idea," Wenger told talkSPORT. "Football has to stay united. That is the most important thing and based on sporting merits and overall to respect the history of European football.

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"I believe personally that this idea will not go far."

On news Manchester United vice-executive Ed Woodward has stepped down from his role with UEFA, Wenger added: "I don't know exactly what is behind that.

"I believe as well there's a more dangerous idea behind it that is a big threat for the Premier League. When I was still in charge there was a lot going on from other countries to try to diminish the dominance of the Premier League and a project like that would certainly accelerate that.

"I don't know what's going on [at Arsenal ]. That doesn't change what I think. For me the most important thing – I tried for my whole life to keep unity in the game, and that football is played the same all over the world, and that it's inside one organisation.

"I think it was the strength – football is the most popular sport in the world and this is one of the reasons. We have to fight to keep football simple, understandable and based on merits, and so everyone has the same chance and dream to be successful."

Legendary United boss Ferguson reacted to the news on Sunday.

He told Reuters: "Talk of a Super League is a move away from 70 years of European club football.

"Both as a player for a provincial team Dunfermline in the 60s and as a manager at Aberdeen winning the European Cup Winners' Cup, for a small provincial club in Scotland it was like climbing Mount Everest.

"Everton are spending £500million to build a new stadium with the ambition to play in Champions League.

"Fans all over love the competition as it is. In my time at United, we played in four Champions League finals and they were always the most special of nights.

"I'm not sure Manchester United are involved in this, as I am not part of the decision making process."

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