As Arsenal get ready to make the 3000 mile round trip from London to Belarus, Arsene Wenger has described the fixture pile up this week as ‘cruel’.
The Gunners beat West Brom 2-0 on Monday night, a game that finished at 9.45pm, before the 6pm Europa League kick-off on Thursday evening, and then a 12 noon start on Sunday as we face Brighton in the Premier League.
It’s not a particularly kind run of games as we head towards the Interlull, something the Arsenal manager touched on following the West Brom game.
“I would say that the schedule for us is a bit cruel,” he said.
“We played tonight, we play in BATE Borisov on Thursday night and play Sunday at 12 o’clock here.
“When you look at the schedule over the weekend I think there was some room for us to be scheduled differently, but we have to accept it and we want to go to Borisov with a good team.
“I will go with a team of senior players and certainly with a young bench.”
Youngsters like Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Josh Dasilva, Matt Macey and Joe Willock could all be involved to some extent, and the manager has some thinking to do about his wing-back conundrum too.
The team fly to Minsk today, and then onwards to Borisov for tomorrow’s game.