Arsene Wenger says he’d cry if Christmas football in England was scrapped, after Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal called the festive schedule ‘evil’.
Speaking this week the Dutchman said, “I think you should change, players are exhausted at the end of the season’, and he called the lack of a winter break ‘the most evil thing of this culture.'”
Strong words from van Gaal, and while Wenger agrees there should be a winter break, he believes the tradition of football around Christmas time in England has to be protected.
“I had his ideas when I arrived here but today I would cry if you changed that because it’s part of English tradition and English football,” he said.
“To suppress the game on Boxing Day, the whole of Europe comes to England to watch the game.
“It’s a very important part of us being popular in the world, that nobody works at Christmas and everybody watches the Premier League.
“I want to go on with it, yes. I always pleaded for a break after January 1, but we have to keep this tradition alive.”
Van Gaal then stole all the presents from an orphanage before being sick on a grandmother.