Arsenal was knocked out from the UEFA Champions League on March 17 as they faced off with As.Monaco and even though the Premier League team finished the match with a final scoreboard of 2-0, it still wasn’t enough as the aggregate scoreboard was 3-3 with As.Monaco having the lead on away goals and advancing into the next rounds of the European competition.
This defeat has not settled well with Arsene Wenger as the French manager is now stating that the away goal rule should be changed as it’s outdated.
“Two teams have gone out on away goals, which I think should be questioned because it’s a rule that is outdated now and has to be changed. I’ve fought for that for a long time. It should count maybe after extra time because this current rule was created in the sixties to encourage teams to attack away from home. Since then football has changed. The weight of the away goal is too big today.I think maybe you can count away goals after extra-time like in the League Cup in England.”
PSG and Chelsea also competed in a Champions League match which concluded in an aggregate scoreboard of 3-3 but it was the French team which managed to survive thanks to away goals but Arsene Wenger believes that this rule should be changed as it has too much of a weight in a game and can make a big difference in any match but it shouldn’t be as important as it currently is.
After Arsenal and Chelsea were both eliminated from the Champions League, there aren’t any more English teams remaining in the European competition which is a big surprise as the Premier League was recently considered to be one of the best in the world and there even was a battle on which sports channel was going to buy the tv rights of the Premier League and it ended up with BT Sports and Sky making a deal which is believed to be worth €4.17 billion but those clubs weren’t able to reach the quarter-final stages of the Champions League.