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Football seems to become better and better as a spectator sport with each passing season and Europe's top leagues have not disappointed, with a few teams in particular showing off some impressive play.

Premier League fans will be familiar with the short passes and flowing football of Arsenal this season, resulting in some truly memorable play, most notably Jack Wilshere's wonderful goal against Norwich earlier this season (watch it here).

Despite a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool, the Gunners' stats are overwhelmingly impressive with an average of 523 short passes per game at an extremely high success rate the Emirates faithful have been giving a real treat by the Arsenal of late.

Arsenal are facing off with the next team on this list and possibly the most daunting prospect in the next round of this season's Champions League fixtures, Bayern Munich.

Bayern have acquired some of the world's greatest stars over recent years, most recently Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara, who are fitting in splendidly with Ribery, Robben and co.

Under new boss Pep Guardiola, Bayern are treating the Munich public to some truly wonderful football. The Bundesliga giants lead the pack in Germany by an impressive 13 points with a mouth watering goal difference of +44. Guardiola's passing style that was so popular during his time at Barcelona has crept it's way into the Bayern philosophy with an incredible 662 short passes per home game on average.

Guardiola's former side Barcelona will be used to making these types of lists and with the introduction of Neymar in the summer and the scintillating form of Sanchez, Fabregas and more you can be forgiven for forgetting about Leonel Messi's lengthy absenteeism through injury. The Catalan giants continue to move the ball amongst themselves swiftly and accurately with 690 attempted passes per game whether they're home or away.

Barcelona are tied top of the table with Spanish rivals Real Madrid. Real may have lost Ozil to Arsenal in the summer but acquired Welsh wizard Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur and Isco from Malaga, who join Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and other world stars to make up another impressive squad of Galacticos who just can't stop scoring goals, with 65 in La Liga this season alone.

French champions Paris St Germain are also worth a mention too but not many have played more beautiful football in recent months than Antonio Conte's Juventus in Italy's Serie A.

Italian veteran Andrea Pirlo still pulls the strings from central midfield while young team mates Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba have set the Juventus Stadium alight with dazzling performances, which have made Europe's other top clubs sit up and take note, as they provide goals along with assists for Tevez and Llorente up front.

A solid defense with the likes Cheillini and Bonucci in front of Buffon in goal, the Bianconeri seem invincible in Italy this season and with 56 league goals and over 500 attempted passes per game Juventus are my pick of the bunch.

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