Arsene Wenger says the Premier League should be more mindful of their fixture scheduling as he believes it’s unfair that certain teams get more rest between games than others.
The Gunners face Southampton at Saint Mary’s at 12pm on Sunday just three days after their 6-0 win over BATE Borisov. In contrast, our opponents will have had a week off.
The timing of the match appears to have been dictated by BT Sport who have selected the game for live broadcast in the UK although our Europa League participation has also played a part.
“I have nothing against the fact that we have to do that [play at 12pm], as long as our opponents have the same recovery days,” noted the boss.
“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,” he added. “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.”
Given the boss has been rotating his squad between league and cup competitions, there really shouldn’t be any excuses for our ability to cope with the upcoming schedule.
Moreover, when you look at the gap between our game against Liverpool on 22 December and the trip to Palace six days later, we actually have a bigger rest period over Christmas than any other Premier League side.