Wenger: clubs to blame for difficult schedule

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Arsene Wenger on TV

Arsene Wenger says that he would have preferred if Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final took place on Saturday rather than Sunday, but that football clubs have only themselves to blame for fixture pile-ups.

Arsenal face Watford in the FA Cup on Sunday (live on TV), before they travel to Spain to face Barcelona on Wednesday (live on TV). With an early Thursday morning return to England, they then go to Liverpool on Friday ahead of a 12.45 kick off on Saturday morning at Goodison Park for a Premier League clash with Everton (live on TV).

With injuries mounting up, and the squad likely to be stretched, it’s going to be testing for Wenger’s team, but the Frenchman was straight up who is to blame.

Asked if The FA should provide more time to teams to prepare, he wasn’t inclined to point any fingers at the game’s authority.

“It’s us,” he said. “We sell football and we give it to the media to dictate the timing because we take the money so I won’t complain at all. I would rather look from our side.

“I would have loved to have played on Saturday but we don’t influence the schedule and we do not get any favours so everybody will be happy in England.”

It is going to be a real challenge, genuine one game at a time stuff, as Wenger concluded, “What matters in football is the next game. The next game is Watford on Sunday afternoon.”

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