With Leicester closing in on winning the Premier League table, Arsene Wenger has been sure to highlight how much easier the Foxes have had it compared to his side.

It’s no lie that competing in Europe can severely hamper your domestic ambitions and after Arsenal’s win over Watford, the boss was quick to point out the main difference between the two sides in the league this season.

“The title is never there for the taking, you have to work for it,” Wenger said.

“Everybody works for it and you have to respect the teams who have more points than you, and who have not played in as many competitions.

“We played Watford, then went to Barcelona on Wednesday and then to Everton on Saturday.

Arsenal's French coach Arsene Wenger gestures no his bench before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg football match FC Barcelona vs Arsenal FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 16, 2016. / AFP / PAU BARRENA
AFP / PAU BARRENA

“It’s not the same [for Leicester City].

“People on the outside think it’s easy but you have to earn your points, work well in every game and recently we haven’t made the most of the chances we’ve created.

“We paid for that.”

While it’s easy to glance over Wenger’s comments and agree with them on face value, should we really do that? Is it a valid comparison to make? Sure, Leicester didn’t have to play in Europe, but they were one of the favourites to be relegated at the start of the season.

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