I’ve written on this subject on a number of occasions. However I feel so strongly about this I phoned the club to tell them exactly how I felt about the prospect of a European Super League (ESL) and all that entails.
I know that call means nothing to Arsenal Football Club and I was only talking to a staff member – not Stan Kroenke. But I just had to get it it off my chest. The person I spoke to said ‘take it with a pinch of salt’. But this subject keeps rearing its ugly head. There is no smoke without fire and there’s a lot of smoke just recently.
This isn’t going away.
A small number of powerful greedy billionaires are at the gates trying to batter them down. The American billionaire owners think the Premier League is hugely undervalued and want its full price. This is the end game. It’s not just the owners of Premier League clubs either. The Italian, Spanish, French and German Leagues are envious of the Premier League’s riches. There are a handful of clubs dominating those leagues and they want what the Premier League has and the best way of achieving that aim is a European Super League.
The formation of an ESL would have dire consequences on all the domestic leagues and cups in Europe. The broadcasters would demand the prime time weekend slots for the ESL and the PL would become a midweek league; because of this it would attract less revenue from broadcasters and sponsors.
The Carabao Cup would cease to exist for the ESL clubs and the FA Cup would become a midweek competition, further diluting the attractiveness of both cups. To accommodate the 30 ESL league matches the PL would have to be cut to 18 clubs. It’s been mooted that to protect themselves, the biggest clubs in the ESL would insist on being immune from relegation for 20 years – and it will be almost impossible for any smaller clubs to break into it. The ESL will remove competition and ruin the integrity of every league and cup in Europe.
Football in this country has evolved over 150 years into the worldwide spectacle it has become today: from the amateur game, played on the playing fields of Eaton, to the professional game and the Football League formed of 12 northern and midland clubs. The league expanded and eventually Arsenal became the first southern professional club.
Don’t let a few greedy, power-mad billionaires take a sledgehammer to that and destroy the game we all love, which was handed down to us from generation to generation. Have no doubts about this: the day of reckoning is coming.
Let’s fight them all the way.
Started going to Highbury in ’66. Season ticket holder since ’76. Love The Arsenal. Need I say more?