Arsenal has announced that the club opposes a European Super League after stories surfaced that five of England's biggest teams held secret talks over a possible breakaway from the Champions League.
Media reports in The Sun claimed representatives from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City met in a London hotel on Tuesday to discuss a new league.
Old Trafford executive Ed Woodward, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, Manchester City’s chief executive Ferran Soriano and Liverpool’s Ian Ayre were all in attendance.
Yet the Gunners have insisted the meeting, which was organized by American billionaire Stephen Ross, did not feature discussions of a potential breakaway, an idea the club distanced itself from.
An Arsenal spokesperson told the Press Association: "We are strongly opposed to any breakaway. Not Arsenal, nor any clubs at the meeting, are seeking changes to the Premier League and European landscape and no conversations surrounding displacing the Premier League or starting a European Super League took place.
"Discussions were primarily around the ICC [International Champions Cup] and formats of European competitions that would compliment the existing Premier League."