By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will not shed any tears if the Premier League's proposal for an international round of fixtures does not get the go-ahead.
The Football Association rejected the idea of a '39th game' at a board meeting on Thursday while other leading football figures, including Fifa president Sepp Blatter, have also voiced concerns.
Wenger is a fan of innovation and has kept an open mind on the Premier League's plans. However, he accepts that the proposal may struggle to become reality.
"Maybe that is because the idea came out in a brutal way," said Wenger.
"Maybe the PR was not done before so you don't give yourself time to prepare people for new ideas, so sometimes it gets a lot of resistance and reluctance from the start.
"Now it looks to be an idea which is in a very difficult position. I was open-minded but as well I will not cry if it doesn't happen. I just felt there was something to explore there which will now not be done.
"It looks difficult to resurrect now because Uefa, Fifa and the FA have come out against it. It is a big stream to swim against now."Copyright 2017 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