Here’s a quote from Arsene Wenger.
“We have come out of some very difficult games in the festive period. We played Everton, Man City and Chelsea and then at West Ham and at Newcastle. While we dropped some points, I felt it was more down to the heavy schedule and short recovery time we had than to the difficulty of the games.”
Ok Arsene. Firstly well done for managing a team to the top of the table at (just after) the halfway point in the season. Nothing in football would delight me more than to see Arsenal stay top for the remainder of the season. However, in relation to your quote above, perhaps you can explain this then:
We played on the 4th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 23rd, 26th and 29th of December. For the teams we dropped points against:
- Man City played on the 4th, 7th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 21st, 26th and 28th.
- Chelsea played on the 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 23rd, 26th and 29th.
- Everton played on the 4th, 8th, 14th, 22nd, 26th and 29th.
So where in that did we have a heavier schedule and/or shorter recovery time than anyone we dropped points to?