Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he would “cry” if the Boxing Day games were ever scrapped to incorporate a winter break in the Premier League.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has described the lack of a winter break in England as “evil”, claiming it hinders both the country’s clubs and the national team.
Wenger, however, insists the festive fixtures are an important part of English football culture.
“I had [Van Gaal’s] ideas when I arrived here but today I would cry if you changed that because it’s part of English tradition and English football,” Wenger 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.”
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