Arsene Wenger, in his final press conference today, among many other topics, predicted a football world in the future that places the prime TV viewing slots - Saturday and Sunday - for a future European Super League, and domestic competitions on
For many years, talk around how the Champions and Europa Leagues would evolve as more emphasis (and, importantly, money) has centered around European play. Former Arsenal CEO David Dein worked for years to put more influence within the now-defunct G-14, in order to eventually replace or significantly-alter the Champions League to no avail, but with Wenger’s outlook there appears to be something he knows that’s shifted in the attitude and beliefs of the clubs, leagues, and UEFA. After all, he’s been known to be a bit of a prophet in this regard.
How the landscape looks in ten years is anyone’s guess at this point, but with the EPL showing their strength to UEFA in the recent past by getting a guaranteed four teams in without qualification rounds it appears the strongest leagues in Europe are starting to understand just how much power they wield and how they can use it to the best of their advantage.