Arsenal Gaffer, Arsene Wenger is convinced that the Indian Super League will be a massive hit, and would revolutionize the way, the beautiful game is played in the subcontinent.
Arsene Wenger, who convinced Robert Pires to join the new-born league, thinks that this could be something ‘big’ in the Asian Continent, and has taken a keen interest in the Indian Super League.
“I know that the people there watch the Premier League and I’m convinced that with such a huge population, it will take off.” said Arsene
The Frenchman, also believes that Cricket, a dominant sport in India, would ultimately make way for Football, to emerge as the pioneer sport.
“If you look at the history of football, it has always become quicker and it looks like it grows everywhere. It’s like a virus that multiplies, so I don’t imagine that it won’t take off,”
“It took a while in the United States but it’s now very popular. It faces cricket in India but there’s always room for a second sport. There’s only really badminton and cricket in India at the moment but there’s room for another sport.” he adds.
Wenger who played boss, to five former Arsenal Players, who ply their trade in the Super League, include the likes of Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, Andre Santos, Nicolas Anelka and Mikael Silvestre.
“Being completely at the top finishes when you are 34 at the latest,” the manager told the Arsenal Magazine.
“After that, you have different leagues like the MLS and the Indian Super League.I encourage players to play as long as possible if they really love it. Pires is 40 but he still plays and when he comes to training here, he’s still very good.” he comments
Commenting on the status of Marquee Players, Wenger said “They give a good image of the game. They can make football popular on different continents and in different countries, where it’s taking off. I think it’s fantastic.”
With the Indian Super League, bagging praises from far and wide, it could most certainly be an event that could lead to possible revolutionization of Indian Football, a feat which almost all Indian Football Fans, expect and demand.