Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that the Premier League’s intensity is the reason that English clubs are currently struggling in European competitions, according to reports from the Express.
The Gunners lost their first Champions League game 2-1 against Dynamo Zagreb two weeks ago, while the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City also succumbed to defeats against European opposition.
So ahead of their gameweek two fixture against Olympiakos this Tuesday, the Frenchman claimed that sides in the English top flight have much more demanding games than teams from other leagues.
“These teams dominate their leagues,” Wenger said.
“Olympiacos won comfortably on Saturday, they were safe after 20 minutes, when we were in a high-intensity game at Leicester.
“Mentally you cannot ease off before a Champions League game, as some others can.
“For example Dinamo Zagreb played on Saturday and they took three players off at half-time. I cannot do that at Leicester.
“For sure the Premier League is demanding and consuming energy wise – mentally more than physically.”
Wenger will need to grab all three points against the Greek side ahead of a daunting two games with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, who Arsenal have struggled to beat in the knock-out stages in previous seasons.
However, the Gunners will also have one mind on their massive clash against top-of-the-table Manchester United this weekend, as a victory will push them level on points with the Red Devils.