Alan Smith calls on Arsenal to join Chelsea and Manchester City in leaving the European Super League TONIGHT as Gunners legend asks owners behind £4.6bn plan: ‘Who thought it was a good idea in the first place?’
Twelve European clubs shocked the football world on Sunday in announcing plans to create a Super League in which its ‘Founding Members’ would avoid relegation while making it difficult for any club outside the exclusive group to join.
In just 48 hours the plot has begun to crumble, with Premier League duo Chelsea and City understood to be drawing up plans to withdraw from the competition amid widespread backlash across sport and the political spectrum.
And Smith said he would ‘love to see’ the Gunners join Chelsea and City on leaving the group of 12, before asking ‘who thought this was a good idea in the first place?’
Alan Smith has quizzed the brains behind European Super League amid huge developments
Twelve European clubs, including Arsenal, announced the breakaway tournament on Sunday
‘I certainly would [like to see them leave], yes. I would love to see them do that tonight,’ Smith said on Sky Sports. I don’t think the breakaway league is viable now anyway.
‘It was on the cusp of things in the first place without Bayern Munich, Dortmund, PSG so without Chelsea, without Manchester City, we will hear who else is going to fall away tonight. I would love to see Arsenal make a statement.
‘What gets me, Kelly [Cates], is who thought this was a good idea in the first place? Did they not take any advice? And If they did what did that advice tell them? It has only been 48 hours and they have folded already.
Six English clubs pledged to join, including Arsenal – owned by American Stan Kroenke
However, City and Chelsea are understood to be planning to withdraw from the league
‘It beggars belief, really, to think they would be able to sail through into this European Super League without any protest. I cant believe they would be surprised with the amount of it.
‘I just cannot believe it. They have not thought about it clearly enough.
‘The American owners don’t understand the European sporting culture. They have the NFL, no promotion, no relegation. It is a different ball game, a different mindset over here and it was never, ever going to work with the public.’
The European Super League is understood to be the brainchild of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, alongside the American owners of Arsenal, Liverpool and United.
Chelsea, City, Spurs, AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid make up the remaining clubs in the group. German duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, as well as French giants PSG, have turned down an invitation to join.
And Smith has called on Arsenal to join City and Chelsea in leaving the £4.6bn scheme tonight
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