Wenger agrees to stay at Arsenal until 2014, blasts Premier League rules

Saturday, August 14, 2010

LONDON - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has agreed to stay at the club until 2014, took a dig at Premier League rules.

Wenger will sign a new three-year deal worth almost 13 million pounds to stay at Arsenal.

“It is only a question of timing when I sign. I have to show I believe in this team by showing my own commitment,” The Sun quoted Wenger, as saying.

Taking a dig at the Premier League’s controversial decision to restrict squads to 25 players, Wenger said: “The new rules are a disaster. Ridiculous, an absolute joke that is paralysing the market.”

The rules are aimed at helping England’s national team by restricting the number of foreign players in the Premier League with only 17 overseas stars allowed in the squad.

Wenger added: “From 1966 to 1996, there were hardly any foreign players here but this country still won absolutely nothing. So how has it changed?

“The Premier League has to decide if they are here to prepare the English national team. If so, they have to kick everyone out. Or are they here to give us the best league in the world? The homegrown rule is all artificial, it is nothing to do with quality. The new rules on squads are a disaster for this country. It’s ridiculous.” (ANI)

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