Wenger moans again about ‘unfair’ fixture scheduling

Date published: Friday 8th December 2017 1:47

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal are not fighting on an equal front in the battle for a top-four finish because of fixture scheduling.

Arsenal beat BATE Borisov on Thursday evening, and face Southampton in Sunday’s early game.

Wenger is no stranger to fixture congestion gripes, and believes that Arsenal should not be forced to play against teams that have had greater rest periods.

“I have nothing against the fact that we have to do that [play at 12pm on Sunday], as long as our opponents have the same recovery days,” Wenger said.

“That was not the case last week and will not be the case again. Between three days and five days is a big gap on the recovery side.

“If we have to play every day I don’t mind as long as our opponents do as well.

“I think there is a job there to respect the fairness of the competition.

“If you look at it, I think many teams don’t fight on an equal front on the recovery side.

“What I would like is that the teams who have tight schedules are faced with the same problems. I don’t mind, I can understand what we have to play all the games, you just want to play teams with the same problems as you.”

The thing is, Arsene, you pick a completely different team in the Europa league anyway, making 11 changes for Thursday. So what’s the problem?

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