Maybe I’ve just heard Arsene Wenger complain too much the last few years, but I love this one.
‘In France, we had a system where you got a bonus point if you scored three goals in a game but it didn’t work at all as, even if you lost and scored three goals, it was the same as a draw,’ he revealed.
‘But what could happen is that the difference between goals scored and goals conceded gives you more points – for example, if you won 6-3 or 7-2.
‘If you won by three clear goals, you could get another point. That would encourage the team that was leading 2-0 or 3-0 to carry on going forward and the team that was behind not to concede any more.
‘It’s important that the team which takes the initiative wins. Your intention at the start has to be to try to win the game. You can still end up with a poor game, but a negative attitude is to say that getting a point would be fantastic.’
Chelsea have started the season well (ok, that’s an understatement) but have been attacked for what many call “Boring Football”. Funny how I’m talking about something the Boring Boring Arsenal manager said. 😉
Of course, this would help Arsenal at this point. If the bonus point were in effect now, they would only pick up one additional point…so would Boring Boring Chelsea.
Funny thing, didn’t the NASL have some bonus point system based on the number of goals you score? I’m not saying something like this wouldn’t work…it’s just ironic that something which was viewed as a silly Americanization of the sport is now getting some attention in England. Personally, it could be worth trying. I know if FIFA brought up the idea…MLS would be the first brownnoser to volunteer to try it.
Speaking of Americanization of the sport…Wenger goes on to talk about the salary cap idea they’ve been throwing around over there.
‘I don’t think it would work. It is incitement to cheat because you couldn’t control it. How can you stop someone with an international company from paying our grandfather who lives in Belarus £2million a year?’ he asked.
‘Secondly, unless you did it in every country in Europe, you would soon see all the best players moving out to a different country. If you want to entertain people, you want the best players in the best teams.
‘We have to accept that if Manchester United have six million supporters in the world, they will have a bigger income than Coventry because their success has decided that.
I have to agree there. Unless there’s a FIFA mandated cap, it’s just not going to work. Of course, the cap that MLS has in place in part explains why teams have difficulty playing teams in regional competition.
And then Wenger has to get one last jab in at Chelsea
‘However, the problem in English football with resources is that Chelsea’s resources are now not linked to their natural potential.’
Actually, that sounds like the plan the Championship chairmen proposed a couple of years ago when they set a voluntary cap at something like 15% below their income.
Oh, and what’s up with the former Big Guns Man U today? They are miles from where they were a few years ago. Drawing at home to Man City…losing at home to Blackburn!!! Just like the Ferrari F-1 team, all dynasties come to an end eventually…Arsenal’s has…and so will Chelsea’s.