Arsenal are one of a number of clubs expected to attend the Association of European Clubs (ECA) Assembly in Amsterdam this week to discuss a new European Super League.

TOPSHOT - The Champions League Trophy stands on display during the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE
TOPSHOT – The Champions League Trophy stands on display during the UEFA Champions League football group stage draw ceremony in Monaco on August 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

No matter what insiders say, a new European Super League is coming and many think the plans to revamp the Champions League is the first step.

Arsenal, as they usually are, will be at the heart of the decision-making process which will get into full swing when 232 members turn up in Amsterdam to discuss changes to the world’s premier club competition.

Saint-Denis, FRANCE:  Arsenal's French forward and team captain Thierry Henry passes next to the trophy after the UEFA Champion's League final football match Barcelona vs. Arsenal, 17 May 2006 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern Paris. Barcelona won 2 to 1.  AFP PHOTO ODD ANDERSEN
Saint-Denis, FRANCE: Arsenal’s French forward and team captain Thierry Henry passes next to the trophy after the UEFA Champion’s League final football match Barcelona vs. Arsenal, 17 May 2006 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, northern Paris. Barcelona won 2 to 1. AFP PHOTO ODD ANDERSEN

One of those changes will involve moving games from midweek to the weekend. Domestic matches would be then moved to midweek and this plan is believed to have the backing of UEFA who are fearful of the biggest clubs breaking away to form their own independent organisation.

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, told AS: “There is nothing called Super league.

“The only thing that has started is a dialogue at the heart of UEFA, in which are involved the ECA and so will the rest of the players in the football (FIFPro and Leagues). But there is nothing definite or decided, but a debate.

“I think the debate is good and to improve the competitions, especially if you get a great return on what is produced by the elite for the base of the football.”

That’s what’s known, I think you’ll agree, as a non-denial denial.

Documents released by Der Speigel showed that 16 of the big clubs in Europe are behind the plan for a Super League. Those clubs are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal, PSG, City, Liverpool and Milan, who are listed as founders, in addition to Atletico, Dortmund, Marseille, Inter and Roma, who are invited as guests.

Tottenham, as you can see, are not included.

The league would have two phases. Groups would come first before playoffs with a second division and promotion and relegation also involved and at this point it really is a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ it happens.

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