According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, playing in the Premier League just three days before a game in Belarus is “cruel.”
The Arsenal boss has described the Gunner’s recent match list as “cruel” after the Emirates club were scheduled to play in the English Premier League on Monday night ahead of a UEFA Europa League away trip to Belarus.
A double from club-record signing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette earned the North London club a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates.
But the schedule of the fixture has left the side with a limited chance to recover well, prepare properly and travel to far away Eastern Europe for the Group H encounter against BATE Borisov.
“I (Arsene Wenger) have a (difficult) decision to make, and at the moment I (Arsene Wenger) would say that the schedule (timing) for us (Arsenal) is a bit cruel,” the tactician said of his next squad list selection after the victory over the Baggies.
The Gunners, who finished fifth last campaign, opened their UEFA Europa League campaign with a 3-1 victory over German Bundesliga side FC Cologne at the Emirates and are seventh placed on the English Premier League, with three victories, one draw and two losses from six games played in 2017-18.