Arsène Wenger has warned that there is a real danger of a ‘two-tier’ Champions League emerging.

There has been talk of a power shift taking place in Europe, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all trailing 2-0 from the first legs of their respective ties.

Wenger does not believe it is quite as clear-cut as that, but says a far more worrying trend could also be occuring.

You have eight to 10 clubs who can win the European Cup and the rest have no chance

Arsène Wenger

“I believe that the English league is the toughest in Europe,” he said. “I believe you see the power of the domestic leagues more through the group stages than a direct knockout situation.

“On the other hand it is very difficult to judge. Man City played with 10 men, we played with 10 men [in the first legs].

“Bayern are a special team, I don’t deny that, but they are in a huge dominating situation in Europe. They can play who they want the week before the game in Europe, and they win 3-1 or 4-1.

“The danger now is that in Europe you might have a two-tier European Cup. You have eight to 10 clubs who can win the European Cup and the rest have no chance.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 10 Mar 2014