By Chris Harris
Arsenal can't blame the fixture list for their below-par display against Blackburn, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman saw his team fail to sparkle in a 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium on Saturday hours after Manchester United had hit back from two goals down to beat West Ham 4-2 at Upton Park.
The demands of live television have revised Arsenal's run-in to such an extent that they will play the remainder of their weekend fixtures on a Sunday, usually after United have played their own fixture.
Some see that as a disadvantage but Wenger insists it had nothing to do with the lacklustre display that saw his team slip seven points behind the leaders.
"I do not want to speak about anything else like we look for an excuse about our performance," he told reporters.
"We have not been good enough, which is the main information of the Blackburn game, and we have to worry about being better in our next game."
The goalless draw with Rovers was Arsenal's final Saturday game of the season but Wenger knows his team will just have to get on with it.
"I have been here for 15 years, I know how things work," he said. "I want to be completely neutral, like I have to be.
"I am not involved in any decision. I do not do the schedule. I look at when we play and it is on Sunday until the end of the season.
"I have no influence on the fixtures, the referees, not on anything else here."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source