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Gunners happy to discuss Super League

17th November 2018, 08:31 by Nick Harris

Arsenal have denied they would break away from the Premier League although they do want to be in discussions about a European League.

The threat of such a move is back on the agenda after Der Spiegel published a story that claimed several of Europe's biggest clubs - unhappy at having to share European broadcast revenues with the wider football family - have been secretly plotting to form a rival tournament.

Based on documents and emails obtained from the whistle-blowing platform Football Leaks, the German magazine claimed 11 clubs, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and the Gunners could sign up to a US-style, closed league, with five more big names invited to make it a 16-team competition.

The breakaway league would cause major disruption to the current football model, with the Premier League and Champions League suffering as a result.

Vinai Venkatesham, managing director at Arsenal, is keen for the club to be involved in any conversations surrounding a new league - but insists they have no intention of leaving the domestic game behind.

"Arsenal aren't or never have been interested in playing in any competition that weakens the Premier League," he said.

"The Premier League is the world's leading league in the leading sport, we don't want to do anything to damage the Premier League.

"When people talk about the European Super League, that covers a really big spectrum. People jump to one end of the spectrum and think this is what we are talking about - but actually often it's just a slight evolution from where we are today.

"I see these articles that Arsenal want to breakaway, we never want to do any of that. But we also have to recognise we have to be in these conversations or we wouldn't be responsible.

"We have to be in the conversations, it doesn't necessarily mean we support them."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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