Concerned Wenger suggests new points scheme
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has proposed a points incentive scheme to encourage more attacking football by rewarding teams for victories by at least a three-goal margin.
Wenger was the first Premiership manager to voice his concern about an increasing number of sides producing negative football due to the fear factor of losing games and being relegated.
He restated his belief that leading teams, such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, have a 'responsibility' to play with a positive approach.
Wenger also put forward his own suggestion to encourage attacking football by rewarding teams who refuse to settle for a 2-0 victory but instead push on for a bigger scoreline.
'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.'
Wenger understands the fears of some observers that Chelsea's domination of the Premiership could result in a boredom factor setting in, although he insists the title race is far from over.
'I can understand the fear some people have at the moment as it looks so natural, but the season is not over,' he declared.
'If the same team or person always wins in sport, it quickly becomes boring. So people are worried it could become a championship of one or two teams.
'But I feel what people really want is for their club to do well compared with the resources they have available.'
That reasoning, coupled with Arsenal's commitment to attacking football, means Wenger has no fears the club will be able to fill their new 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium from next season.
'I don't feel we might not be able to fill the new ground. I feel the leading clubs in football have a responsibility to play positive football,' he added.
'You can't guarantee to entertain but the intention has to be clear. Then again, I want to avoid the debate about whether you have to choose between winning and playing positive football.
'The international team that has played the most positive football is Brazil and they have the most trophies. In club football, it's Real Madrid and they've won more trophies than everyone else.'
Wenger, meanwhile, rejected the idea put forward by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan for a salary cap to level the playing field between the leading clubs and the rest of the Premiership.
'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 your 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.
'However, the problem in English football with resources is that Chelsea's resources are now not linked to their natural potential.'