As you probably know by now, Arsenal are one of the 12 clubs who took the decision to join the European Super League project, named as the founders of the controversially announced new competition.
The decision to do this has already caused worldwide criticism, with practically every entity within the game outside the 12 clubs fiercely criticising the idea. Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is the only Premier League manager to have spoken to the press since, and he was rather coy about his views. He said neither he nor his players weren’t told about it beforehand, and merely insisted that it’s their job to focus on football and the games ahead.
Meanwhile, as expected, a strong reaction has come from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin. Speaking at a UEFA Executive Committee meeting on Monday, he said:
“If I start with Ed Woodward [Manchester United vice-chairman], he called me last Thursday evening saying he’s very satisfied with and fully supports the reforms and the only thing he want to talk about was FFP, when obviously he had already signed something else. Andrea Agnelli [Juventus chairman] is the biggest disappointment of all, I’ve never seen a person that would lie so many times, so persistently as he did. It’s unbelievable. We didn’t know we had snakes so close to us, now we know.”
These are obviously very strong words, and at the moment, all 12 clubs are being threatened with expulsion from all domestic and current European competitions, should they proceed with their plan. Nothing is certain at the moment, with each scenario as (un)likely as the next one.
Apart from Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus and Manchester United, the remaining eight clubs are Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Reports suggest Schalke, who sit bottom of the Bundesliga with relegation practically imminent, have also joined in as club No.13.