'TV deal increases financial firepower'

Arsene Wenger believes the Premier League’s new television rights deal gives English clubs the most power in Europe.

Sky and BT Sport paid a record £5.136bn for live television rights for three seasons, starting from 2016/17.

Wenger says television companies have played a large part in the Premier League's overseas success and he believes the deal will see more of the world’s best footballers playing in England.

"Today the biggest financial power is in England and the best players come to England"

Arsene Wenger

“It shows the popularity of the English game,” the manager explained. “Maybe we don’t realise it enough but if football is so popular all over the world, the television [companies] in England have contributed to it a lot.

“The way the games are filmed, the way they promote it has contributed a lot to our success. On top of that, they have to pay heavy money now but they must have calculated. It looks to me a very impressive number.

“It makes the clubs in a bigger, stronger financial position all over Europe. It will contribute to get the best players all over the world to come to England. The movement of the players is always linked with the economical and financial power in the countries.

“When I was a coach in Monaco we bought the English players because we were the first to have the television money. Today the biggest financial power is in England and the best players come to England.”

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