lee-priceSo what have learnt from the last few weeks?

Amongst a host of new terms to describe the financial balls-ups at Fratton Park, we’ve seen that the Premier League is one of the most open in the world.

Four points separate 13th from 19th, ensuring a wide-open relegation dog-fight that, intriguingly, seems to be prompting good football rather than long-ball merchants.

Just look at West Ham, Burnley and Wigan – they’ve yet to start hoofing it!

At the other end of the table Everton, who were hammered 6-1 by Arsenal on the opening day of the season, recorded successive victories over the league’s top two; out-playing first Chelsea and then Manchester United.

And every media pundit in the country has jumped on the bandwagon of “that’s entertainment folks”. But is it? Far from showcasing the Premiership’s strengths, I have to suggest that it does the opposite.

The world and his son were crowing about Wayne Rooney’s \’virtuoso’ display against Milan in the Champions League last week. Wait a minute – he was completely anonymous in the first half and scored two relatively easy headers. It wasn’t his best showing of the campaign by a long shot.

His brace of goals actually reflects more on the ageing back-line he was up against than his own stunning form – just look how he fared against an organised Everton defence.

Milan’s collection of globetrotters and pensioners highlighted prominent chinks in the United make-up. The defence is shaky without Nemanja Vidic, the midfield is ordinary in every aspect and even Wayne \’Hercules’ Rooney can have an off-day.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are still considered powerhouses, but set them up for a set-piece and it all goes to pot for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Barcelona or Real Madrid would make easy work of it. Hell, they wouldn’t be the first. Drogba and his mates haven’t been entirely convincing on the road, either, this season.

Arsene Wenger has been eager to remind everyone that his side are still in the title shake-up. This in itself is testament to the Premier League’s fading star – Arsenal were absolutely battered, home and away, by the two teams ahead of them in the table.

That the Gunners, who were made to look like a group of schoolboys by United and Chelsea, are in the mix underlines my point.

It’s certainly entertaining to watch, but in terms of strength alone, the league doesn’t match up to La Liga.

Yes, there are lots of teams around the same level that mean there is more consistency of strength, but the pinnacle of European football?

Anyone that has seen the two Spanish giants recently will know that United and Chelsea don’t come close.

Lee Price runs www.football-previews.co.uk

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