Arsenal boss Wenger: Premier League depth hurt clubs in Europe

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the depth of competition in the Premier League is hurting clubs competing in Europe.

Wenger disagrees with England manager Fabio Capello, who put the early demise of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the Champions League down to the lack of spending in the summer.

Instead, he says: "The competition in the Premier League has become much harder and the big teams in the Premier League paid for that in the Champions League."

He added: "You cannot afford any more, against anybody in England, to rest your players before a Champions League match. The physical demands in the Premier League are just so high that you go into the Champions League in March and April having lost your best players or already having exhausted them.

"The Premier League is too demanding. What other leagues can do, we cannot afford to do. I do not believe at all that the Premier League has become weaker.

"It was an exception from us because we played against a stronger team (Barcelona) and you have to accept that. They were better than us but under normal circumstances Manchester United would have gone through and Chelsea as well."