Arsenal head coach, Arsene Wenger is a widely respected man in the world of football. While the man himself has faced severe criticism from fans over the past few years, his stature and reputation has remained intact.
Wenger does not believe that the winners of the Europa league deserve to play in the Champions league this season. He feels that Manchester United compromised several matches in the Premier league, which was not fair on the other teams involved in the competition.
This is what Wenger had to say when asked about United’s Champions league spot after winning the Europa league.
“I was always against it.”
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“Because apart from Man United, who did win the Europa League, all the years before it was always a team who was kicked out of the Champions League by having been kicked out of it before.”
“You cannot go into the season and think that (you will get into the Champions League by winning the Europa League).”
“I always was not in favour of that, because I think at some stage it can influence on the championship, because if a team is in April in a position where they have more chance to win the Europa League they can let some games go in the championship, and not completely focus on that, on the regularity of the competition.”
Wenger’s comments will no doubt start another debate in which we might question the Champions league spot that is awarded to the Europa league winner. Or maybe is it just sour grapes talking?