Wednesday, 17th February 2010

Amidst news surfacing that the Premier League is considering a play-off system to decide who qualifies for the final Champions League spot, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has quickly expressed his discontent at such an idea. The French tactician firmly believes the league table accurately reflects teams’ quality, and should continue to remain the basis for deciding who qualifies for which competitions.

“It’s an idea, I don’t know who brought that up, but I think when you are fourth in the league after 38 games, you do not want necessarily to battle with the team that finished 10 points behind you," Wenger said to the club’s official website. "That’s why the table is there – to justify why teams qualify and why they don’t qualify. I am not a big fan of the idea but I do not make the decisions in the Premier League."

Wenger also believes the application of such a play-off system could seriously disrupt the Premier League, with clubs possibly not competing at their full capacity throughout the season.



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