Wenger talks of cruel schedule
Arsene Wenger has blasted the fixture schedule as his side face a lengthy trip in Europe. Arsenal must make the long away trip to face BATE Borisov on Thursday evening before facing Brighton in Sunday’s early kick off. Given the coming schedule it makes the Gunners Monday night game against West Brom all the more confusing. Three games in six days would be a tough ask for any squad, let alone when including the travelling required. Wenger said on Monday:
“I would say that the schedule for us is a bit cruel. We played tonight, we play in BATE Borisov on Thursday night and play Sunday at 12 o’clock here. When you look at the schedule over the weekend I think there was some room for us to be scheduled differently, but we have to accept it and we want to go to Borisov with a good team. I will go with a team of senior players and certainly with a young bench.”
The side to start in Belarus will likely see up to 11 changes with David Ospina, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere expected to return to the side.
Brighton in striker crisis
Sunday’s opponents Brighton will go into the game without their two more experienced strikers. Their crisis comes after Tomer Hemed’s ban for violent conduct in Sunday’s game against Newcastle. Brighton will contest the ban but it is uncertain to be successful at this time. With back up striker Glen Murray being sidelined through injury the number nine slot may fall to in loan Chelsea player Izzy Brown. Brighton have scored just five goals in their opening six games this season.
PSG set to offer Sanchez huge signing fee
Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain could try to snatch Alexis Sanchez away from a move to Manchester City by offering a huge signing fee. There have been reports that the French giants could pay the Chilean a £9 million advance on his signing on fee in January to tempt him to cross the channel. Sanchez was close to a deadline day move to Manchester but where his future lies for next season is anyone’s guess.
Koscielny confident in Sanchez’s commitment
Laurent Koscielny has come out to defend Alexis Sanchez, stating that he is focused on Arsenal. With much speculation around the forwards future, Koscielny says that Sanchez still works as hard as he did before.
“Alexis is an important player for us. I know it was a difficult situation with the transfer window but now it’s finished and I think he is focused on his job, on his performance and on his club. He’s an Arsenal player and he knows that he needs to play and he needs to score some goals and give assists to be better. He’s still working every day like he did before, so the most important thing is to keep his head cool and just play and enjoy.”