Arsenal icon Emmanuel Petit has become the latest football figure to criticise plans for a breakaway European Super League, which the Gunners are looking to compete in.
The football world has been rocked by news that 12 European teams, including Arsenal, have agreed to establish a new midweek competition governed by its ‘Founding Clubs’.
The proposal involves the clubs forming their own competition to rival the UEFA Champions League.
Numerous pundits, including Ian Wright and Gary Neville, have strongly criticised these plans, and Highbury legend Petit is the latest to do so.
“If you add to this VAR, which kills the emotion and take away the fans, like has been the case for a year now, today [the Super League] is the cherry on the cake. They’re truly gunning down football.”
Arsenal, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all signed up to the European Super League.
It is anticipated a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which, according to the clubs, “is intended to commence as soon as practicable”.