Wenger: We have a big handicap from the fixtures


Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal have been handicapped by the fixture list, playing two games in 48 hours as they try and keep pace with a Chelsea side who have been more fortunate – playing Saturday/Wednesday rather than Sunday/Tuesday.

However, the manager also acknowledges that this is part of the game these days, and when you sell the TV rights for huge amounts, you’re left with no room to really complain.

Following Sam Allardyce’s insistence that the man in charge of scheduling should be sacked, Wenger was asked about his side’s trip to Bournemouth coming a little over 48 hours after a hard-fought win over Crystal Palace.

“In 48 hours we go into a game with a big handicap on the fixture and I have to find fresh legs,” he said.

“In 20 years it is the most uneven Christmas period I’ve seen. The difference in rest period is unbelievable in terms of all the teams.

“It’s more we have sold the rights to TV for a lot of money so we have to accept TV chooses the games. But some teams have more luck than others.

“We are privileged in our job. We get a lot of money to play football. Sometimes it goes for you and sometimes against you.”

Three points are vital for Wenger’s side as they look to keep pace with the leaders who are scheduled to beat Sp*rs tomorrow.

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