Arsenal

Arsenal Gunning for Games Overseas?

Simon MartinSenior Writer IFebruary 15, 2008

Arsene Wenger has given his backing to the EPL's controversial plans for a 39th league game, to be played overseas.

His statement, released today, reads "There's two things I like about it."

"First there is a desire to innovate and be the strongest league in the world and the second thing is to do something for the fans abroad."


He was speaking on the BBC's Radio five live when he explained his views.

“When I came to Japan in 1995 we had to play 20% of our games at a neutral ground," he added.

"At the start I thought it was completely crazy, but it worked tremendously well and games were sold out everywhere we played.

"Just look back, for example, at Wembley and everyone celebrated the Americans playing an American Football game at Wembley.

"It was exactly the same idea. It's nothing different, which is why it is too early to speak against it."

In stark contrast, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez released a statement today opposing the overseas plan:

“"To play another game in another country is not right. You must play here in England with the same opportunities for every team”, he said.

Sepp Blatter, the current Fifa president, has condemned the plans, saying that “This does not take into consideration the fans of the clubs and it gives the impression that they just want to go on tour to make some money."

"This will never happen, at least as long as I am the president of Fifa," he added.

He also went on to add that  “it will damage England's bid for the 2018 world cup”.

Let us know your thoughts and feelings towards the last week's events.






Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Download
Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices