Arsenal could in future earn Champions League football based on their coefficient and not their league position under the proposed ‘Swiss Model’.
That is according to finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Premier League clubs conducted discussions over the future of the European competition.
The Swiss Model would scrap the traditional 32-team group stage and replace it with an expanded 36-team league, with each side allocated 10 matches based on their seeding.
The Athletic reports that UEFA have formally presented the reformatting to its shareholders.
Maguire blasted UEFA for their motivations behind the restructuring but claimed that it could make it easier for teams like Arsenal — currently 11th in the league — to qualify.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “As far as Premier League teams are concerned, they are looking for more matches against more glamorous opposition, which they can potentially get here. It’s all about greed, essentially.
“Secondly, they are looking for more certainty in being able to qualify.
“It’s the small print that I find really intriguing. You could have a club like Arsenal finishing 6th in the Premier League but because there would now be 36 teams instead of 32 and the proposal is to allocate the extra places based on the UEFA coefficient, they could still qualify.
“If that goes ahead that could benefit Arsenal in the future. It could result in a rather crazy situation where a team finished above Arsenal in the league but because they don’t have a very high coefficient, they don’t qualify for the Champions League and Arsenal do.
“Intuitively, it seems wrong…”
Arsenal have now failed to qualify for the Champions League since the 2015-16 campaign.
Under Arsene Wenger, the Gunners finished in the top four in 20 consecutive seasons.