By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says that the first knockout round of the Champions League will tell us plenty about the relative strengths of the Premier League and Serie A.

Italy have the most representatives in the last 16 of the competition with Milan facing Arsenal, Napoli taking on Chelsea and Inter up against Marseille.

Just one Serie A club has reached the Champions League final in the past five years and Wenger feels that the forthcoming ties will tell us if Italian football is on the rise.

“Of course you can make comparisons between the two leagues,” he said. “Let's not forget that Napoli already knocked Man City out of the Champions League and we already knocked Udinese out.

“They are one of the better teams in the league. So yes, comparisons can be made after these games.”

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14 Feb 2012