According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, playing in the English Premier League only three days before an important fixture in Belarus is “cruel.”
The French tactician has described his team’s recent fixture congestion as “cruel” after the North London club were scheduled to play in the Premier League on Monday evening ahead of an all-important UEFA Europa League away match in Belarus.
A double strike from France international striker Alexandre Lacazette earned Arsene Wenger’s side a 2-0 victory over Premier League side West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium.
But the fixture schedule has left the Emirate club with a very limited time to recover properly, prepare well and travel to Eastern Europe for the Group H game against BATE Borisov.
Arsene Wenger said of his next team list selection after the win over West Brom that he is left with a difficult decision to make ahead of the match because the timing for his team is a bit cruel.
The North Londoners, who finished fifth last season, opened their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 win over Bundesliga side FC Cologne at the Emirates Stadium and are seventh placed on the Premier League table, with three wins, a draw and two defeats from six matches played in 2017-18.