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Arsene Wenger’s World Cup idea may be a positive move by former Arsenal boss who knows all about entertaining football

I had the previous day watched Arsenal lose to Bolton Wanderers where they had been out-muscled by Sam Allardyce’s tactics, thanks to the wonderful skills from Jay-Jay Okotcha and the strength of Kevin Davies.

I pulled out my laptop and started to run through the Arsenal vs Bolton game using PROZONE – an analysis tool that not only allowed me to show the video, but every foul, every offside, distance and speed profiles of every player and the referee.

I highlighted our training regimes, the involvement of sports psychologists, nutritionists and the work of our wonderful sports scientist, Prof Matt Weston,

Wenger extended the meeting and I sat with him and the players over lunch. Arsenal, under his management, sustained some wonderful skills over many years and, though difficult to officiate at times, were a highly entertaining team.

Last week in his new FIFA role, via an interview with L’Equipe, Wenger detailed his plans to host a World Cup every two years.

The goal behind Wenger’s thinking appears to be to set a goal to keep improving the quality of football by increasing the frequency of competitions, alongside an improvement to the laws of the game. The international calendar will remain stable until 2024, since it’s already set. But after 2024, there’s a chance to change it.

I would like to increase the frequency of competition, in a way that’s led by simplicity, a clear calendar, and a desire to only organise competitions that have a real meaning to them, which are those which allow an improvement in the level of football.

I therefore wonder in his very influential position with FIFA what impact he will have on future changes to the laws of the game. After all, FIFA hold 50% of the voting power.

Wenger is also likely to have the influential Peirluigi Collina, FIFA’s head of referees, to support any changes put forward.