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Arsene Wenger Wants The Premier League Season Played Between March And November In Dramatic Overhaul

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Arsene Wenger Wants The Premier League Season Played Between March And November In Dramatic Overhaul

Arsene Wenger has revealed his 'dream' is to see the Premier League played in the summer months - with it also impacting international tournaments.

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Former Arsenal manager Wenger is currently FIFA's chief of global football development and is in the middle of presenting radical new ideas for the sport.

One of these is a huge overhaul to the footballing calendar as he believes all seasons should be played in one calendar year, March to November.

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He's also a big believer in increasing the amount of international tournaments, with a World Cup and European Championship every two years.

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The Frenchman explained per talkSPORT: "It's my dream you know, it's not a dream I share with many people at the moment but I just think I have the advantage of having worked in Japan."

Wenger spent a season with Nagoya Grampus Eight in the Far East before joining Arsenal in 1996.

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He continued: "We played from March until November and it was perfect. You would not have anymore 'he won the Championship in season 2018-19.' No, the championship was won in 2018 or 2019 and in 2020.

"In fact, I believe as well, we have to re-organise completely the calendar.

"In FIFA, with [president Gianni] Infantino, we try to make meeting with all the stakeholders of the game to completely reorganise the calendar year, because you have to plan in the future where you may have to travel less."

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Wenger also believes the UEFA Nations League should be scrapped as a way to fit in more prestigious international tournaments.

The 71-year-old added: "Organise only competitions of meaning.

"Kick all the parallel competitions out of the game. People must understand what is at stake and only have games with meaning.

"If you look at the teams in the World Cups usually the average age is 27 or 28. Because the World Cup is every four years there are very few chances to win it again because when they go back to the next World Cup they are 32 or 33.

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"That's why maybe we should organise the World Cup every two years."

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Wenger is advocating for attackers to be onside as long as any body part with which they can use to score is level with their second to last opponent.

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The Times believe it will be trialed in an unnamed Chinese League with a view to bringing them worldwide in the future.

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Topics: Football, Arsene Wenger, Premier League, World Cup

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