Wenger’s response when asked if Arsenal can reach Barcelona’s level

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger has claimed that Spanish giants Barcelona have already dropped off a level and insists Arsenal and their fellow Premier League rivals can catch them up, the Telegraph reports.

The Gunners crashed out of the Champions League in midweek following a 5-1 aggregate defeat to Barcelona, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez all getting amongst the goals.

There appears to be a clear difference in quality between the Catalans and Arsenal, yet Wenger feels their recent opponents aren’t uncatchable when asked whether his side can bridge the gap.

“I believe that with more income in England the best players will slowly all come to England and that will be the answer,” the Frenchman responded.

“They [Barcelona] have already dropped off. For years in England we were always in the last [stages], sometimes you played an English team in the quarter-final and the semi-final of the Champions League.”

“I believe we'll come back again. These teams [like Barcelona and Bayern Munich] are not uncatchable, and the regret I have about the two games against Barcelona maybe they were more beatable than ever before. They are not so much out of reach.”

With the Premier League receiving huge financial gains via TV deals, clubs are becoming richer and players, such as Dimitri Payet, are happy to leave top European clubs to join the likes of West Ham United.

But there still poses a question about the very best players in the world, and whether they would be willing to leave prestigious clubs of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s nature to move to England.

These players won’t come cheap, and considering Arsenal have always been careful with finances and transfers under Arsene Wenger, would they spend £75 million or more on just one player?

The boat has already passed in terms of tempting this generation’s best players such as Messi, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski or Cristiano Ronaldo to Arsenal but the path could be clearer for stars of the future.

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