Arsène Wenger has sought to clarify his views over the fixture congestion Arsenal have faced this week.
Last Saturday, the Frenchman took his side to Bolton and on Wednesday they visited Fulham. However their opponents on Saturday - Tottenham - did not have a midweek fixture. Three games in eight days is a heavy burden on any side but particularly if you consider that Arsenal have a Champions League decider next Wednesday and then the little matter of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following Sunday. The Frenchman aired his views at Craven Cottage but was unahppy in the way his thoughts were presented.
"What I said and what has been made of it is completely different," he reflected at his press conference ahead of the Tottenham. "I did not moan.
"I just said that it's normal when you organise a championship that everybody plays on the same date.
"Chelsea and Manchester United played [in midweek] yes but when did Tottenham play? You have to make sure that if one team plays three times in a week that everybody does. Some teams don't play at all.
"If you ask 20 managers about playing Saturday/Wednesday/Saturday and if they would like to jump one game, they'd all say 'I would like to jump the midweek game.'
"When you organise fixtures in this midweek and know that half of the teams won't play, the competition is not regular. That is all I wanted to say."
For the sake of balance it must be stressed that certain teams did not play in midweek because of the knock-on effects of possible Uefa Cup fixtures.
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