By Chris Harris

England still has the best league in the world because it has the richest clubs in the world, according to Arsène Wenger.

The quality of the Premier League has come under scrutiny since Arsenal and Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League - it's the first time in seven years that no English club will compete in the Semi-Finals of that competition.

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid last summer and Barcelona's pre-eminence have also raised doubts over the Premier League's strength in relation to La Liga. But Wenger insists England has the edge - because it has the cash.

"Of course [the Spanish League is a step down]," he said. "I watched Almeria v Real Madrid last [Thursday] night and you want to switch off after half an hour. It was not watchable.

"The big players play in England. Maybe next season more Spanish players, or more foreign players, will come to Manchester City. The major competition is here.

"Yes [we have the best league in the world] because we have the richest clubs in the world. It is as simple as that. Let's not fool ourselves. It is linked with money."

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