By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants the Premier League to be the best in the world and he’s prepared to make sacrifices to ensure it stays that way.
Earlier this week Sir Alex Ferguson suggested that television has too much power over English football because it dictates when teams play their fixtures, often to their detriment.
The Manchester United manager's claim that "television is God at the moment" was put to Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. The Frenchman agrees with aspects of Ferguson's argument but admits that ceding power to broadcasters helps keep the Premier League ahead of its rivals.
"I want us to be the best league in the world and I would give anything for that," said Wenger.
"We have to accept that to be the best league in the world we have to play at 12.45 on Saturday lunchtime or early in the morning because in Asia they can watch us and I am happy to do that.
"We have to give away something, some privileges, and you can only do that because in any deal you need both to be winners. And if you want the Premier League to stay the best league in the world you need to make sacrifices. I'm ready for that.
"The fixtures are not always satisfying," he went on, "but it hasn't stopped us from doing well, nor Man United, nor the other English teams, in Europe.
"In the Premier League sometimes you can feel a bit handicapped but maybe that is the price you have to pay as well. If you are not happy with the contract… I agree with Ferguson that we have signed that contract and nobody forced us to do it.
"We are dependent on the money we get from the media and they want something for it. And we can only look at ourselves basically."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Sep 2011