Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has echoed the sentiments of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho when he said that the Premier League has become tougher than ever.
Mourinho identified Yohan Cabaye, Georginio Wijnaldum and Max Grad as three players who show how much stronger teams in the second part of the table have become.
And Wenger, who suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of West Ham United last week, expects the battle for the Premier League crown to go right down to the wire.
"It will certainly be a tighter and tougher league because the quality of teams in the lower half of the table has improved," Wenger said on Friday.
"I believe in every game … what gives you a good indication is if you look at the bench of the team you play against, and when you look at the teams in the second part of the table and you look at their benches, it indicates that you will have tough games.
"I never had many easy matches in my life but it is always getting more difficult, that's true."