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Arsene Wenger's Analysis On The State Of Modern Football Is Spot On

Arsene Wenger's Analysis On The State Of Modern Football Is Spot On

Arsene Wenger was typically eloquent and insightful on his latest appearance on beIN Sports.

Josh Lawless

Josh Lawless

Arsene Wenger gave a perfect analysis on the state of modern football in his latest appearance on beIN Sports last night.

Wenger was on the channel alongside Andy Gray and Richard Keys as he watched Manchester United fans storm the Old Trafford pitch in anti-Glazer protests that led to the game against Liverpool being called off.

United fans have regularly vented their frustrations at the Glazers, who bought the club in 2005 when it was a PLC and have taken more than £1 billion out.

Their anger has been heightened in recent times following the attempt to breakaway into a European Super League, leading to a mass turn-out and police deployment at the latest statement protest.

Image: PA
Image: PA

And Wenger took the opportunity to speak broadly about modern football in typically eloquent and measured fashion.

"The importance of money has become bigger and bigger," the former Arsenal boss said on the beIN Sports broadcast.

"Why? For example, football is unpredictable as a sport, but the money and the grouping of the best players in a small number of clubs has made it more predictable.

"To give you one example, take the Champions League semi-finals, you have basically the four richest clubs in the world in the semi-finals; Chelsea, Man City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.

"And you come back next year and you will have the same again or maybe Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester United, so you will have four of the six, seven, eight richest clubs in the world.

"That means clubs like Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, it's finished forever."

Wenger did also gave his opinion on the protests we saw, adding: "First of all you always have to know whether this is the majority.

"We live in a society where the protesters aren't always the majority. The media only consider the minority of protesters.

"I would say as a football fan I was against the Super League project because it ignores what makes football great."

On Sky Sports and present at Old Trafford, Graeme Souness was particularly critical of United fans' actions, while former Red Devils' captains Gary Neville and Roy Keane backed the supporters.

In a statement announcing the 16:30 kick-off had been postponed, United said: "Our fans are passionate about Manchester United, and we completely acknowledge the right to free expression and peaceful protest.

"However, we regret the disruption to the team and actions which put other fans, staff, and the police in danger.

"We thank the police for their support and will assist them in any subsequent investigations."

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Topics: Football, Manchester United, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal