Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger proposes radical changes to football in new FIFA role

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he wants to see changes to a number of rules in the game, including the current offside law.

The 70-year-old is now serving as FIFA’s Head of Football Development, and says that he would like to make some radical amendments to the way the game is played.

Wenger noted that a new rule allowing players inside their own box during a goal kick has “profoundly” changed the way the game is played, and had noted a number of alternatives he believes would improve the game.

“I think that the new rule that allows you to play in the box from the start of play within 5.5m has profoundly changed play,” Wenger told L’Equipe ( via GFFN ).

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“I have to admit that I did not see it coming. This has consequences. The real playmaker now is the goalkeeper.

“And instead of looking to play as quickly as possible in the opposition half, you are looking to create space in your own box.

“This has created dangerous situations because teams press very hard, so well that they leave a lot of space. And this rule, which was innocent at the start, has profoundly turned the game upside down.”

Wenger says that he would change the way the offside law is currently worded to benefit attackers.

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His alterations would mean that if there is any part of the attacker’s body still in line with a defender when the ball is played, the attacker would remain onside.

“For the moment, you are offside if a part of your body that you can score with sits ahead of the body of a defender,” he added.

“I would like it to be that there is no offside so long as a [single] body part which a player can score with is in line with the defender. This could be too much of an advantage for an attacker, because that obliges the defenders to play higher up.

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