Arsene Wenger Says Money is Destroying Europe's Five Biggest Leagues

Elias Hubbard
February 3, 2018

"When you look at the five big leagues in Europe, you can see that the unpredictability of the competition has gone down", he told reporters via BBC Sport. "The huge financial power of some clubs is destroying the competition". Italy is typically considered the fifth member of the big five.

Wenger certainly makes a lot of great points. Bayern Munich, who have won the Bundesliga five seasons in a row and 12 of the last 18, are now 16 points ahead.

PSG are now 11 points ahead of Lyon in Ligue 1 and have spent €383 million on players this season compared to Lyon's €63 million.

In the Premier League, only four clubs - Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester - have won the league in the past 12 seasons. Wenger made the comments right after a record shattering January transfer window closed, a window which saw $596.7 million spent on acquiring new players.

It's the same number of points La Liga leaders Barcelona hold over Atletico Madrid, but there are 17 matches left in the Spanish championship. Defending champions Real Madrid - suffering a surprisingly hard season - are 19 points behind Barca in fourth place. Barca have won the league eight times in that period, with Madrid claiming four titles.

Law had been expected to sever ties with Arsenal after last month's transfer window.

However, bucking the trend is Serie A, with leaders Napoli and champions Juventus in second only separated by one point as we enter the final 16 league matches of their season.

And Sven Mislintat's influence has already been felt with the club-record capture of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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