Watford frontman Troy Deeney has claimed that one reason for Arsenal’s recent poor form could be because they are ‘tired’.
Deeney stuck up for Mikel Arteta’s side following their loss to Aston Villa as he commented on their lack of pre-season ahead of the current campaign.
He said: “I think we’ve all got to remember it’s been a very short pre-season with no real rest. Especially for those Arsenal guys who played the last game in the FA Cup and with the Community Shield as well.”
“They are probably tired; people don’t like to hear sportsmen get tired but they do. Mentally as well as physically.” (via talkSPORT)
Is the packed fixture list taking its toll on Arsenal?
Whilst you don’t want to make excuses for the Gunners’ recent poor showings in the top division, it does make a world of sense.
Arsenal returned to competitive action a mere 28 days after their following their victory over Chelsea back on August the 1st. It was the least amount of time off out of all of the so-called ‘big six’ and could see the boys in red suffer serious burn-out with more than half of the season still to play.
Add to that the fact Arsenal have had an astonishingly difficult start to the season and you begin to understand why they have started the year in such underwhelming fashion.
There have been rumours that five substitutions could well return to the top-flight this season with a few managers lashing out at the removal of the rule. If that is the case, it will be a most welcome arrival for Arteta, whose squad is surely running low on energy with the non-stop football they’ve had to play since football returned back in June.
Arsenal fans, is burnout a real issue for the Gunners this season? Let us know your thoughts!