Thierry Henry has criticised the inconsistency of so-called 'bigger' Premier League teams, but admitted it makes for a more entertaining division.
He was speaking ahead of Leicester City's crucial home fixture against Manchester City on Tuesday evening, which could see either the Foxes or Arsenal finish the calendar year at the top of the table.
He said: “It’s a lack of consistency from the big guns. When I see Leicester in there, Palace and the likes of West Ham, I’m not having a go at those teams being there. I think it’s great. We have to watch every single game because we don’t know what is going to happen.
“When I look at the games at the weekend, I know if I watch Leicester I am going to be entertained. Palace away from home will entertain me.
“Watford, with Troy Deeney and Ighalo, I know they will entertain me but I don’t know what I’m going to get from Arsenal sometimes, from City or United. Liverpool are the same. The lack of consistency just allowed those teams to get in and the door is open."
He did not mention third placed Tottenham, who have lost just two games all season, and for once have really been consistent.
Reigning champions Chelsea have struggled badly this season, and won just one out of three games under Guus Hiddink since he replaced Jose Mourinho as manager.
Henry's comments raise another question - whether Leicester, Watford and Palace can sustain their own entertaining and successful football on a consistent basis?