Emery says no Euro excuses for Gunners
Arsenal boss Unai Emery says there can be no excuses for a poor performance when they take on Rennes in the Europa League.
Both Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri have called on the league to fall in line with much of the continent and assist teams playing in European competition and the fixture congestion it causes.
The Gunners face Rennes on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie.
Although the game at the Roazhon Park is sandwiched between huge Premier League games against Spurs and Manchester United as the battle for a top-four finish hots up, Emery insists it cannot be used as a reason for any poor performances from Arsenal.
"It is not an excuse for us, we have the habit to play a lot of matches week by week," he said. "We played on Saturday, rested Sunday and started to work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and tomorrow I think we are going to be okay to play every player. For us, it is a very important match.
"I respect them, the Premier League they decide the schedules for our matches and we adapted.
"Our adaptation is to prepare for the matches on the days we can have but, above all, our habit is to play a lot of matches during the week, so it is no excuse.
"You ask me if I prefer sometimes more time to prepare for one match then yes, but for example in this match we don't have an excuse.
"We had time to prepare for this match well, maybe we are going to play after on Sunday but we have this habit and we have the players to share and find combinations with the players who can play tomorrow with a big performance, fresh players with a big energy."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.