Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to see title contenders kick off their final THREE matches of the season simultaneously rather than just the last week of the season as is currently the case. Not an unreasonable proposal when you hear the Frenchman claim that “There are advantages and disadvantages to kicking off later than the other teams. If you kick off later than your rivals and they have lost, then you are in a more comfortable situation. Psychologically it can give you a lift and it’s true that it can apply for us or Manchester United or Chelsea, but I think it would be better not to give any team this advantage.” While it makes some sense, the proposal is simply not practical.
Firstly, how will clubs in a relegation dogfight be expected to respond? Retaining their place in the Premier League is just as critical for them as another one of the leading clubs winning the title. There can be little doubt that they will demand the same ruling for themselves and why not?
Then there are the ones battling for Champions or Europa League spots worth millions. Do they not also deserve the same consideration? What if one of the challengers unexpectedly drop out of the equation and be replaced by another? Fixtures just cannot be rearranged with a few days notice. Easy solution you may say, just schedule all fixtures for the last three weeks at the same time. It’s not that simple however when you consider the elephant in the room.
Yes we’re talking about television demands. They will fiercely oppose such a proposal and they will win the fight because whether we like it or not, the Premier League is now a ‘made for television’ product. Wengers proposal does make some sense and it’s not impossible to implement – nothing is. But is it practical? Hardly!
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s visit to Newcastle on April 16 has been rescheduled to Tuesday 19 because of the FA Cup semi final derby on the Saturday.
Will you be in favor of Wengers proposal?