By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger sees no reason why he cannot pass comment on poor playing surfaces - because he believes they detract from the quality of the Premier League.
The Arsenal manager should have no problems with the Emirates Stadium pitch when his team host Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night but it was a different matter at the weekend when the Frenchman's side struggled to impose their passing game on Birmingham.
Wenger questioned the standard of the St. Andrew's playing surface after that 1-1 draw and was criticised for making excuses. But the Arsenal manager believes he has raised a pertinent point; Wenger insists that the Premier League's claim to be the best league in the world could be compromised by poor pitches.
"The problem I have at the moment is that I cannot say anything without it being 'Wenger talks, the pitch is not good, why does he talk about this?'" said the Frenchman. "But if a target [of football] is to play on the field, then why should we not play on the field?
"Next year, every club gets £13m more from international television rights. All the clubs take the money, nobody says no. We get that why? Because football is watched all over the world. Why? Because some teams try to play in a regular way.
"So if you want to be the best League in the world, then every department where we can improve our game we have to try. If you want to remain the most watched League in the world, we have to try that. Because if you don't do it, some other people will do it."Copyright 2014 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 30 Mar 2010