Cruyff, who was in charge of Barcelona when they won their first European Cup at Wembley in 1992, watched Arsene Wenger’s team coast past Wolves on Saturday but was comforted to see familiar English flaws in their game.
The Dutchman said: "Arsenal’s game against Wolves showed once again that their forwards are incredibly fast and run their socks off, but also showed why English football is so attractive. The teams trade blows and everyone gives the ball away a huge amount of the time.
"It is that, giving the ball away, and the inability to string three passes together, that makes it attractive but Barcelona are not English and do not commit that sin. That is the difference. Not only do Barcelona string passes together, they do it so close to the opposition area and a long way from their own.
"You’re always going to lose the odd ball but if Theo Walcott, Arshavin, Van Persie and the rest are a long way from Victor Valdes’s goal, you can play the offside trap and also run down the fuel levels on those turbo engines that they have by making them chase the ball."