By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger thinks the existence of 'B teams' in the lower leagues could be harmful to smaller clubs.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has proposed that England follow the example of Spain and allow its top clubs to field 'feeder sides' in the Championship to aid the development of their younger players.

Wenger is not adverse to overhauling the current Reserve League system but he is not convinced that Villas-Boas' suggestion would benefit all.

"It is an idea we have heard before many times and it suits the bigger clubs, but it does not necessarily fit with the culture of English football," said Wenger.

"Why? Because everybody is supporting a club. For example with Barnet, the supporters do not want their club to be [denied promotion] because the reserve team of Arsenal is in front of them.

"It's very difficult to mix the interests of the smaller clubs with the interests of the big clubs who could have a second team and could be competitive in the smaller leagues."

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