May 14, 2021

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Wenger makes Champions League claim after Man United anti-Glazer protests

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Arsene Wenger believes the Champions League semi-final line-up proves that the richest clubs are more likely to succeed than ever before.

The former Arsenal manager’s comments followed Manchester United fans’ protests against the Glazer ownership, which forced their match against Liverpool to be postponed on Sunday.

Whilst supporters have been unhappy with their American owners for over a decade, the recent collapsed proposals for a European Super League have been a catalyst for the mass protests seen at Old Trafford.

Wenger believes that the financial advantage of bigger clubs is leading directly to success more often, highlighting the wealth of the four teams left in this year’s Champions League.

“The importance of money has become bigger and bigger,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.

“Why? Football is unpredictable as a sport, but the money and the recruitment of big players in a set number of teams has made football predictable.

“Take the Champions League semi-finals for example. You have basically the four richest clubs in the world in the semi-final.

“Chelsea, Man City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid and you come back next year, and you’ll have the same again, or maybe Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester United.

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“That means clubs like Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa are finished forever, so on top of that, you can’t make a league with even more security.”

Speaking about the protests in isolation, he added: “First of all you always have to know whether this is the majority.

“We live in a society where the protesters are not always the majority. The media only consider the minority of protesters.

“I would say as a football fan, I was against the Super League project because it ignores what makes football great.”

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