By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes that tiredness was only one of the reasons behind Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea at the weekend.
After Saturday’s 2-0 reverse at Emirates Stadium, the Frenchman spoke about his team being “jaded”, a comment that drew scrutiny given we are just over a third of the way through the season.
Ahead of the Champions League trip to Olympiacos, Wenger clarified his viewpoint.
“People don’t understand tiredness very well in England sometimes,” he said. “They think you can only be tired at end of the season.
“For me it’s a lack of freshness and you recover with a few days' rest. If I take you out now, I can make you tired in 10 minutes. But tomorrow you will have recovered and won’t be tired for two months. It can happen with repetition of games with the Champions League. But it is part of the job and I don’t want to complain.
“I believe Swansea are a good team. They played well, while we were not at our best. If you are like that in this league this can happen.
“It is not an excuse. It doesn’t stop me feeling completely responsible for losing the Swansea game but I believe as well that has happened before and I try to be as objective as possible after a defeat. That little bit of freshness [we lack] is only part of the explanation. Some players didn’t play on Wednesday night at Everton, so they were not tired.
“At the moment it is fashionable to be against Arsenal, so every single word you say people turn it against you. It doesn’t stop me saying what I believe.
"We had some internationals who played Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday - and we were only ones to play two away games in the Premier League. That is why I felt we lacked freshness but it is not the only explanation for our defeat."
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