Mikel Arteta Calls for Premier League Protection against Tough Schedule


Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal boss has urged the Premier League for protecting clubs against tough turnaround between football games. His team lost to Manchester City their rivals in the Premier League on Wednesday. The Gunners are going to be back in league action only 63 hours after the defeat when they had taken on Aston Villa in the 12:30 slot on Saturday.

Arteta said that there are some rules when it comes to the Champions League. He stated that when they play on Wednesday night and then they can’t play. So, he thinks that he should apply to any competition. In 2020, Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool criticized the broadcasters for placing a game of the Premier League on Saturday at lunchtime after the game in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The rules had been changed in 2021 for preventing the clubs of the Champions League from playing in the early Saturday slot of the Premier League. Before the Saturday game at Villa Park, Arteta said that after the same principle, he thinks they are talking physiologically, which is very difficult to turn around during the period for getting the best outcomes and truncate the risk of injury for players.

They had put the schedule in the manner they did. It is a little unusual but it is what it is. It is not about being worried or not worried. They have to play and he wants the players to be in the best probable mindset and ready physically for getting that challenge going.

Arsenal had been pushed down to the second position in the Premier League after the defeat but they have a game left with Manchester City, who is leading just by goal difference. The side of Pep Guardiola is going to take the pitch only two-and-a-half hours after Arsenal.