Unai Emery has been comparing how the Premier League differs to La Liga and Ligue 1, describing the English top flights competitiveness as one of the major differences.
Having spent time managing Sevilla and PSG in the last few years, the current Arsenal boss is well placed to make a comparison between three of Europes big five leagues.
While each division is blessed with some of European football’s biggest superpowers, Emery has said that the Premier League‘s strength in depth makes it ‘the most competitive league around’.
“I think one of the characteristics of the Premier League is the fact every game is very demanding and you need to overcome that if you want to finish in the top four,” Emery told Arsenal’s official website.
“In terms of the difficulty of the teams, it’s not just the top teams but all of the teams in the league are very difficult because they all have good players and I think that’s what makes the Premier League as far as I know the most competitive league around.
“I think in comparison with the leagues in France and Spain, taking Spain for example, that was a league in which every team was very tricky and it made sure that you needed to know a lot about them. It meant that your preparation had to be spot on and it meant that your instructions to the team throughout all 90 minutes had to be very good.
“That was unlike France in a sense that PSG were so superior that the competitive aspect wasn’t so apparent, but it’s something I am rediscovering here in England and so in terms of my competitive level, I need that to be very high and I want to convey that to the players so that we get the best out of them.”
Arsenal are currently on a 16 game unbeaten streak and currently sit fifth in the league, three points behind North London rivals Spurs. They travel the South Coast at the weekend to face sixth-placed Bournemouth.