Date: 3rd January 2017 at 7:18am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking about tonight’s clash against Bournemouth at Dean Court and he’s questioned the sense behind the festive fixture list.

With so many games coming as a crush over the last week and plenty of managers making their thoughts known about rest times between matches, Arsenal’s own little calendar over the Christmas and New Year period has seen us travel to the Midlands for West Bromwich Albion, host Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and then travel to Bournemouth later this evening.

Speaking to the BBC as he met with the press ahead of the game, Wenger spoke about it being the most ‘uneven’ set of fixtures he’s seen in 20 years as with our Sunday and Tuesday run when compared to Chelsea, they played on Saturday but aren’t in action again until Wednesday.

‘In 20 years it is the most uneven Christmas period I have seen on the fixture front. The difference of rest periods is absolutely unbelievable, compared to the other teams it is unbelievable.’

He went on to say with the calendar at this point largely dictated by the television companies so they get the pick of games they want for the festive audience overkill.

‘I don’t know any more whether the Premier League is the master of the fixtures. We have to accept that television chooses the games – but I must say on that front that some teams have a bit more luck than others.’

Building on that, he said.

‘Every game is so difficult in this Premier League that we go now into a game in 48 hours’ time with a big handicap on the fixtures.’

With Chelsea being referenced, the time it takes for them to get through all three festive games – first kick off to last whistle – is 223 hours, Arsenal sit on 198.75 hours but even we get it better than the others at the top as Liverpool play their three matches in 143.75 hours – basically three days less to recover before Chelsea end their own set against Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow evening.

I can see plenty of sides and managers questioning the wisdom behind such a difference.

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