PREMIER LEAGUE WILL DOMINATE EUROPE WITH TV CASH

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger feels Premier League clubs can dominate Europe thanks to their new TV deal.



The Premier League’s new domestic TV deal is worth over £5 billion.

“It makes the clubs in a bigger, stronger financial position all over Europe,” Wenger said. “It will contribute to get the best players all over the world to come to England. The movement of the players is always linked with the economical and financial power in the countries.

“When I was a coach in Monaco we bought the English players because we were the first to have the television money. Today the biggest financial power is in England and the best players come to England.

I believe [English clubs could dominate in Europe] and today the difference is so big that the English clubs have a power to attract who they want. Will that last? That’s another question.

“The television [companies] have to decide if it is worth it. The only thing I can say is that it’s an impressive number and as well that it shows the popularity of the English game.

“Maybe we don’t realise it enough but if football is so popular all over the world, the television [companies] in England have contributed to it a lot. The way the games are filmed, the way they promote it has contributed a lot to our success.

“On top of that, they have to pay heavy money now but they must have calculated. It looks to me a very impressive number. It looks to be more of a calculation of ‘we cannot lose this’ than ‘we want absolutely to grow and get bigger’. They are at the stage where the television [companies] first in their calculations don’t want to lose the Premier League.”
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