By Kieran Maguire

24th Sep, 2022 | 12:44pm

Kieran Maguire: Arsenal now want to revive 'lucrative' Super League proposal - 'there's no doubt'

Arsenal are keen to see the number of Premier League fixtures reduced in order to accommodate more lucrative Champions League matches or overseas friendlies.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about controversial comments made by former Arsenal grandee David Dein.

The Gunners’ ex-vice-chairman and co-owner was one of the chief architects of the Premier League back in 1992 and advocated an 18-team top division of English football.

But decision-makers instead opted for a 22-team league before later cutting two more clubs.

As quoted by The Times last Friday (16 September), Dein, 79, has now claimed that there are still plans among some chiefs to further reduce the number of teams by two.

Maguire explained why the likes of Arsenal would want to see these blueprints come to fruition.

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“Dein’s suggestion of an 18-team Premier League is no surprise,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“This was one of the proposals of Project Big Picture and it was implicit in Super League proposals as well.

“The big clubs such as Arsenal aren’t interested in playing small clubs. They want to play more lucrative fixtures. They want to organise their own friendly tournaments as well.

“If this means that clubs with ambition like Newcastle, Leeds, Villa and so on, this is of little interest to the people behind these proposals. They have little interest in football beyond being a means of generating income.

“There is no doubt that this is part of the much broader issue of expanding the Champions League. The Swiss model will be introduced in 2024 and it can be expanded very easily.

“This will be part of the quid pro quo. Players’ welfare is of no concern to the people making the decisions.”

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