Arsenal have confirmed that Ivan Gazidis yesterday met with Stephen Ross, the American billionaire whose International Champions Cup has seen top European clubs visit Australia, China, Canada, England, Italy, Mexico and the USA in pre-season.
Gazidis, along with representatives from other Premier League clubs, was photographed leaving the Dorchester Hotel in London with The Sun emphatically speculating that discussions had centred around the possibility of setting up a ‘European Super League’.
According to Press Association Sport, who contacted officials at the Emirates, that suggestion was summarily dismissed.
“We are strongly opposed to any breakaway,” an Arsenal official stated.
“Not Arsenal, nor any clubs at the meeting, are seeking changes to the Premier League and European landscape and no conversations surrounding displacing the Premier League or starting a European Super League took place.
“Discussions were primarily around the ICC and formats of European competitions that would compliment the existing Premier League.”
Arsenal have never participated in the International Champions Cup, a tournament that was started in 2013 and last summer centred on North America.
Curious about the setup of the tournament, Arseblog News visited Wikipedia on behalf of the readers. We left bamboozled, failing to comprehend how you actually win it.
[Insert gag about Arsene Wenger being clueless on that front too]
It looks like a series of jumped up friendlies, played all over the place, with little structure. Our response is very much in the ‘meh’ camp.
While we’re not involved with upcoming versions of the ICC, the Gunners will be travelling to the Pacific Coast of the States in July where matches against the 2016 MLS AT&T All-Stars and Chivas de Guadalajara have been arranged. We’ve also committed to a trip to Sydney in the summer of 2017.