Wenger doesn’t want Barcelona in the EPL, prefers Celtic or Rangers

Wenger doesn’t want Barcelona in the EPL, prefers Celtic or Rangers

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not think Barcelona will ever play in Premier League if Catalonia gain independence from Spain, and insists Celtic and Rangers have a better case to play in England.

Due to the response from the Spanish authorities over the Catalan referendum, some from the region have suggested the La Liga giants could play in England.

One of those is Catalonia Sports minister Gerard Figueras who does not even see European football chiefs Uefa having an issue with the move.

He said: “Monaco play in France, in England Welsh clubs.

“I don’t think that UEFA has anything against seeing another club play in a different league from their country.”

However, the Gunners boss sees it differently and insists the Scottish Old Firm are better placed to join England’s elite.

Wenger told beIN Sports: “No, because as soon as you disturb the geographical unity or common sense, I believe it would not be normal.

“Because why not invite Celtic or Rangers to the Premier League, who are part of Great Britain, it makes more sense than to invite Barcelona?

“On a second level as well, if it doesn’t go well politically between Catalonia and Spain, it would mean a stand of support for Catalonia from England which certainly would not be welcome internationally politically.

“I don’t believe it is a scenario you can envisage in a realistic way.

“And I hope as well that it will not go as far and Barcelona can continue to play in Spain.”

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