Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has agreed with Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola following his comments earlier this week about the European Super League.
Despite the fact Premier League clubs have now pulled out from the proposed Super League, which has been heavily criticised in recent days, Man City boss Guardiola delivered a powerful message prior to that about the plans.
It was planned that 12 founding clubs would compete as part of division in which they could never be relegated from, and England’s ‘big six’ clubs all signed up to the idea before it collapsed.
The fact that teams were guaranteed a spot without having to qualify didn’t sit well with Guardola:
“It is not a sport where the relation between the effort and the success, the effort and the reward, does not exist. It is not a sport where success is already guaranteed or it is not a sport when it doesn’t matter where you lose,” Guardiola said, as quoted by the Guardian.
As the fallout from the Super League continues, Arteta was asked on Thursday about whether he agreed with Guardiola’s comments.
Gunners boss Arteta previously worked under Guardiola, and explained his similar thought process to him:
“Well, the main reason why we are here is because we have the uncertainty of winning or losing, and we can dream. We can dream about winning against anybody, earning the possibility to be in a better place, and as well, the risk of being in a worse place, and that’s what keeps everybody alive,” Arteta said, as quoted by Arsenal’s official website.
Fans rejoiced in victory after seeing English clubs rip up plans for a Super League, albeit there is still plenty more to come regarding any punishments dished out to the clubs for their involvement in the idea.
One of the main problems everyone had with the proposal was the idea that the same clubs would be entitled to a spot in a European competition without having to earn it.