Arsene Wenger believes that English teams’ failure in Europe is down to the intensity of the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of our match with Everton on Saturday, the boss tried to explain why he believes the teams from the Premier League are doing so badly in Europe over the past few seasons.
“It’s very difficult today to give you a rational explanation of that,” Wenger said.
“The Premier League is very demanding and will be even stronger next season, that’s for sure. Maybe the Premier League has become the Champions League for the English teams because every game is so difficult in the Premier League and we suffer a little bit in Europe. You see in the Europa League some teams prioritise the Premier League.”
Arsenal got knocked out of the Champions League mid-week by Barcelona, which came as a surprise to no one. However, on Thursday, Spurs also got knocked out of the Europa League by Dortmund. In general, the English teams aren’t exactly impressing in Europe.
Could it genuinely be down to the intensity of our League? Perhaps. Or it could just be down to quality. Our League is competitive because the lines are becoming blurred. Tactics and structure are becoming just as valuable as big name players and money. Perhaps we’re not doing well in Europe because we’re just not very good.