Arsene Wenger is hoping to lead a revolution in football by radically altering the throw-in rule to allow players to KICK the ball back into play.
The former Arsenal manager is now FIFA’s Chief Head of Global Football Development, driving rule changes in the game.
The 70-year-old Frenchman is also planning to alter offsides to benefit attacking players among of host of fresh – and controversial – ideas.
The legendary Gunners boss, who moulded their ‘Invincibles’ of 2004, cites a disadvantage to the attacking team late in the game as a reason for introducing kick-ins.
‘I would like to change the throw-in rule: five minutes before the end, a throw-in for you should be an advantage, but in these situations you are facing 10 outfield players in play, whilst you only have nine,’ Wenger told L’Equipe.
‘Stats show that in eight out of 10 of those throw-in situations, you lose the ball.
‘In your half of the pitch, you should have the possibility to take a kick instead.’
Also explaining his desire to change the offside rule, he said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Wenger is also looking to alter set-pieces, including free kicks a player can touch more than once and allowing outswinging corners to go out of play behind the goal before coming back onto the field.
‘We are also considering other things: a corner that goes out of play and comes back in could be made valid, this would create new goal scoring opportunities,’ Wenger added.
‘There is also the option of quickly playing a free-kick to yourself.’
Wenger’s displeasure at the current throw-in rules is well known, after former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis revealed that his Arsenal counterpart wanted to ban long throws.
Stoke’s Rory Delap was the master at causing havoc with his missile-like long throws, and they caused Wenger’s Arsenal all sorts of problems.
Arsenal had a dreadful record away to the Potters during Wenger’s tenure, losing there five times in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup. Wenger labelled Stoke a ‘rugby team’ – but they were certainly his bogey team.
Pulis told the BBC’s That Peter Crouch Podcast: ‘Patrick Vieira told me, “We used to hate going to Stoke. You were the only club that Wenger actually talked about and worked on before. We just couldn’t beat you.”
‘Wenger came one year and complained about the grass being too long. He wrote a letter to the FA. The referees and the linesman had to come and measure the grass.
‘I know he talked about banning throw-ins and saying they shouldn’t be allowed. That was all music to our ears.’