Away goals outdated –Wenger


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called the away goals
rule “outdated” and believes it should be modified to reflect
modern-day football.
On Tuesday, Wenger saw his side eliminated at the Round of
16 stage of the Champions League for the fifth consecutive
year, losing to Monaco on away goals with the aggregate
score level at 3-3, Sky Sports reports.

Last week, Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions
League on away goals after their tie with Paris Saint Germain
also finished level at 3-3.
Wenger has campaigned for the rule to be reformed in the
past and raised the issue as recently as last summer, during
a UEFA coaches meeting in Geneva.

And the Frenchman once again called on UEFA, who
introduced the rule into European competition in 1965, to re-
examine it.
He said, “Two (English) teams have gone out on away goals.
That I think should be questioned because it is a rule that is
outdated now. That has to be changed and I have been
fighting for that for a long time.

“Look it should count maybe after extra-time because this rule
has been created in the 60’s to favour teams who attack
away from home. But since then football has changed and
with this rule the weight of the away goal is too big today.”
Wenger is not overly concerned that no English side has
reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club
competition but admits Barcelona look a cut above the rest of
the teams still involved.


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