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Wenger name checks Nottingham Forest in Champions League debate

David Prutton, tasked with predicting the Championship every week, might reckon he has got a difficult task.

But for football at the top, Arsene Wenger just points to this season’s Champions League semi-finalists.

The former Arsenal manager thinks cash – and oil cash – has changed the game forever and long gone are the days when Nottingham Forest or Aston Villa might dream of getting their hands on the trophy.

“The importance of money has become bigger and bigger,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“Why? For example, football is unpredictable as a sport, but the money and the grouping of the best players in a small number of clubs has made it more predictable.

“To give you one example, take the Champions League semi-finals, you have basically the four richest clubs in the world in the semi-finals; Chelsea, Man City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.


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“And you come back next year and you will have the same again or maybe Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester United, so you will have four of the six, seven, eight richest clubs in the world.

“That means clubs like Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa, it’s finished forever.”

Forest are one of just 12 clubs to have won the European Cup or Champions League more than once.

That list only includes one of this year’s last four.

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