Premier League is closing the gap on Champions League rivals says Arsene Wenger

Published 23/11/16 

Arsene Wenger is ready to take Arsenal into the latter stages of the Champions League as group winners after claiming Premier League clubs can compete against the competition's best teams.

The Gunners can assure themselves of top spot in Group A with victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening as they strive to avoid other European heavyweights in the draw for the round of 16.

Qualification into the knockout stages was assured with a 3-2 win at Ludogorets a fortnight ago but, having not progressed beyond the round of 16 for the past six seasons, they are aiming to finish as group winners for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

The Champions League trophy has eluded Wenger during his two-decade reign at Arsenal, while an English team has not reached the final since that same 2011-12 campaign, when Chelsea went all the way.

But Wenger believes English clubs are closing in on the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Asked if Premier League clubs were closing the gap, the Frenchman replied: "I feel that, yes.

"Man City winning against Barcelona, we have an opportunity to show it against PSG.

"Everywhere you go, the difference in the Champions League, the teams all play football. In the Premier league, even if you have 80 per cent possession, you can still lose the game.

"The pressure on the Premier League games is today massive in the Premier League

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