Date: 1st March 2017 at 10:15pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been meeting with the media this week to discuss the upcoming clash against Liverpool, and he was waxing lyrical about one aspect of the English game.

Having experienced first hand the non league experience in our recent FA Cup tie against Sutton United, and with another clash against Lincoln City set for the next round, Wenger explained to Official Site that the passion and quality of the game at that level certainly makes England standout when compared to his non league experiences and knowledge from France and other countries.

‘I’d say the main difference is the quality of the support the lower teams get here in England. I live close to Barnet for example, and they have plenty of dedicated, lifelong supporters. The support of these clubs is much bigger than it was for similar clubs in France when I was there.’

Wenger went on to say that compared to his experience of non league levels in France, there’s certainly more of a community feel in the UK.

‘Usually a club in France of that level is made up of a few people who take care of it, and then maybe a hundred supporters per game. It was basically the families of the players who turn up to watch, but the support and passion around the non-league clubs are much bigger here. I would also say that the way the smaller clubs in England approach football today is much more professional than it was, and that includes non-league teams.’

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‘What makes the charm of English football as well is that the small clubs have a real local support base. That is better in England than anywhere else in the world. I respect that a lot, I really like it and it helps to make these clubs powerful and more professional.’

With players making the step up from non league level into the football pyramid on a seemingly more regular basis – ourselves acquiring Cohen Bramall from Hednesford Town recently – and it being a very good year in the FA Cup with showings from that level, the whole non league game has definitely received a boost this term.

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