Arsène Wenger says he would have preferred to play Tuesday night’s game against Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

With Roberto Martinez’s team competing in the FA Cup final, the crucial Premier League fixture between the sides was rescheduled.

Both sides go into the game with a lot to play for at opposite ends of the league table and Wenger is hoping his side can continue the fine form that has yielded 20 points from eight games.

We are on a remarkable run, we have been hugely consistent and we are in a position where our destiny depends on us and we want to finish the job

Arsène Wenger

“It is a very important game for both sides, so we expect huge commitment on both sides,” he said. “We play at home and we want to take advantage of that.

“We are on a remarkable run, we have been hugely consistent and we are in a position where our destiny depends on us and we want to finish the job.

“Both teams have to go for it so it is very difficult to know what will happen but usually it should be an open game. I still think Wigan will be faithful to their shape, which is based on a solid defence and quick counter-attacking. Overall I believe that will be the case.

“Look, at the moment we are not overloaded with games. The break wasn't especially welcome. I would have loved to play over the weekend.

“That is one of the problems that has to be sorted out because the FA takes over the fixtures of the Premier League and I don't think it is right.”

Copyright 2014 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 Nik Brumsack 14 May 2013