With the European Super League still the fresh topic on everyone’s minds, there is scope to look at potential positives for Arsenal, who were announced as one of the 12 teams that signed up for the competition.
So, what does life inside a super league look like for Mikel Arteta’s men?
Should Arsenal compete in the ESL?
Well, over the course of the last 15 years or so, the Gunners have been playing catch up with the various superpowers of European football. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and co have all been allowed to spend freely, whilst the Reds have been hamstrung following the building of the Emirates Stadium.
The lack of spending in the transfer market can be attributed to the lack of success in the Premier League especially given how much the Citizens and Blues have spent/won over the last decade.
Figures released following the announcement of the league has claimed that clubs will share a pot of €3.5bn in the lead up to the inaugural season, levelling the playing field considerably financially.
Then, there’s the competitive aspect of the tournament. With such an array of clubs partaking, the level of competitiveness looks to be a nice change from some of the dreary outings you’re used to in the Premier League and Champions League.
Whilst, Arteta’s side haven’t exactly been the best in games against the so-called ‘smaller teams’, they’ve shown some considerable progress versus their fellow ‘big six’ clubs. Wins against the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea shows the north London giants thrive in bigger games.
Is the Super League a good thing? No, it rips out the heart and soul of football and deepens the crisis the sport finds itself in, being held by the whim of madmen. However, there are positives that highlight exactly why the Gunners have signed up for the competition.