Arsene Wenger says that some of the proposals in the dossier presented by Marco van Basten yesterday are worth discussing, but said the offside rule has to stay in place.
The former Dutch international revealed his FIFA commissioned plans on Thursday, and while some certainly merit some discussion and consideration, Wenger was not convinced by all of them.
Asked about it today the Arsenal manager was keen stress the importance of offside for the game.
“Changing in itself is not a quality, improving is the real target,” he said. “So, some of the proposals are discussable, some of them I don’t see any big interest.”
Asked which ones he would be willing to consider, he said, “Real time. Maybe temporary exclusions (sin-bin). The one I don’t find interesting is suppress offside.
“Offside is what makes the teams be together, and it’s a big quality of a team sport.
“Its an intelligent rule as well, where you can use your intelligence so that’s important to keep that in the game.
“Lets not forget that football improves as well, people say ‘It’s too tight, it’s too compact’, but the evolution of the game has always been like that.
“Defence gives a problem to the attack, attack finds the solution and the response, and the defence creates a new problem again for the attack.
“So we have to keep that going, for the improvement of the game it’s important that you always face new difficulties.”