Away games after European games, whether home or abroad, Champions or Europa League, always present a bit of an extra challenge, and Arsenal certainly face that this week.
Following the Europa League opener against Cologne on Thursday night, the Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday where they’ll have to show they can cope with a big side away from home – especially following the disappointing result at Anfield three weeks ago.
With the Arsenal manager set to heavily rotate his squad for the midweek fixture, he’s pointed to a recent winning trip to Everton as evidence his side have it in their locker to deal with the fixtures.
“It is a good opportunity to show we can cope,” he said.
“We played Wednesday night in Barcelona and Saturday morning at Everton and we won. You have to not get caught in your mind with preconceived ideas, football is down to how you perform on the day.”
The schedule is a little different too, with Thursday night European games meaning lots of Sunday kick-offs, but again the Frenchman wasn’t viewing this as a major issue.
“Three days is plenty of time to recover,” he continued. “Wednesday night or Thursday night is no problem.
“Wednesday-Saturday is similar. It’s just a different competition. When you play Wednesday-Saturday it’s similar to Thursday-Sunday.”
Let’s see what the next few days brings.