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Arsene Wenger is back within the dugout this weekend as he manages the Rest Of The World side at Soccer Aid. The previous Arsenal manager’s team shall be captained by Usain Bolt. Joining the Jamaican shall be the likes of Tottenham Hotspur hero Robbie Keane and former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Wenger made a reputation for himself on the earth of football as an intelligent, trailblazing coach.

Given his intellect, it was no surprise that he had been keeping track of Brexit after the UK voted to depart the EU in 2016.

In June 2020, he claimed that Brexit could have a negative impact on the Premier League.

Wenger warned that it could end in the most effective players going to other countries as a substitute of England.

He told the Mirror: “Definitely, subconsciously possibly for some people, it was to regain some sovereignty of their very own destiny. And football is totally the reverse.

“Once I arrived, English football belonged to English people. Today, the English Premier League belongs to foreign people.

“How will that change? That may depend now on how Brexit shall be applied to football.

“Will people inside Europe be regarded as foreign players who cannot play within the English Premier League? I don’t know.

“But when the principles are restrictive, they’ll kill the prevalence of the Premier League.

“Because today the Premier League relies on worldwide exposure, with the most effective players and worldwide ownership with multi-billion owners from world wide.”

Wenger also feared that a few of the most effective foreign coaches could be dissuaded from going to England.

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He added: “They are going to wish to go where the most effective players are. So overall, that can rely upon the choices made.

“But I feel you’re intelligent enough in England and love football enough to not destroy what is essentially a diamond today.”

In the identical yr, Wenger was asked by the Guardian about his political opinions.

When asked ‘are you a socialist’ he replied: “What’s socialist for you? For me, a socialist is trusting connectivity to sort the issues of a society.

“First, you wish a collective environment that favours the expression of the person. After that, I believe it’s right down to a person’s initiative to profit from their life.

“However the dominant thing is a collective environment for me.”

He added: “I attempt to read every thing that helps me to know human beings higher. And the way society works and the way democracy can evolve in the mean time.

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“Since it looks to me that the world is just a little bit in trouble. At Fifa, we’re confronted with that. And England, especially in the mean time, is confronted with many problems about that.”

Wenger was also asked about football and racism.

The Frenchman said that the game can paved the way within the fight against extremism.

He said: “I all the time felt football might be ahead and show examples of how the world could work. Why? Because with football, you don’t need to speak with language.

“You share the emotions with the best way you play. And that’s why you could possibly put players from different countries together and show you could achieve something together.

“So, I feel that on that front, football may be ahead of tomorrow’s society and be the instance. I never felt a bit nationalist. I like my country.

“I respect my country, but I’m not going to feel that because I’m from this country, this country is superior to other countries.”

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