Arsenal’s impressive 2022/23 campaign has seen them sit comfortably at the top of the Premier League table. Eight points clear of Manchester City in second place with just nine games to play. Despite this, there have been criticisms of the English top flight, with some pundits and fans claiming that this season is easier to challenge for the title. As Liverpool and Chelsea have struggled, sitting eighth and eleventh in the standings respectively. However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rubbished these claims. Stating that this is the highest level he has ever seen the league.
Mikel Arteta and Arsenal
Arteta, who has been involved in the Premier League for over 20 years, praised the level of managers. The organisation as well as the quality of teams and players. He highlighted the capacity of teams to change players and formations as something that nobody has seen before. His comments echo those of Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. Who spoke about the league’s competitive nature, with the spending power of so-called lesser teams improving the quality of the league.
Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne noted that the level of difficulty in the Premier League is getting tougher, and although Manchester City is still in a good position, there have been games that they should have won. He attributed this to the fact that all teams have so much quality, making the league more competitive.
“It’s been fine this year, the league has changed a bit. The lower teams are able to spend more money and buy better players, all teams have so much quality. The level of difficulty is getting tougher. We are second, in three competitions. In comparison with other years, I feel not different. There are some games we should have won, it depends.”Kevin De Bruyne
The criticisms of the Premier League this season seem unfair considering the impressive performance of Arsenal. Who have been consistent and dominant throughout the campaign. The Gunners’ points tally of 72 points from their first 29 league fixtures is a testament to their form and ability to compete at the highest level. The league’s unpredictability and competitiveness should be celebrated rather than criticized. And the high quality level across all teams should be appreciated.
It is clear that the Premier League is one of the most challenging and competitive leagues in the world, with its level of quality constantly increasing. With teams like Arsenal performing at such a high level, it is important to recognize the strength of the league and the effort required to succeed.