Arsene Wenger met with the press on Thursday morning ahead of Arsenal’s trip to West Brom and spoke about the way fixtures have panned out this season.
With Arsenal returning to league action after FA cup and Champions League forays, Wenger pondered the strange nature of the league race this season.
“It’s a strange championship because there’s no continuity at the moment,” Wenger said. “We’ve had games cancelled, then after you play away, you don’t play, you play FA Cup and you play away again.
“So you don’t really know where you stand. You don’t have the same number of games, you don’t have the continuity home and away. What is for sure is that we are in a position where we can’t waste points.
“We want to play in the Champions League next season. We have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for the places and how well we do until the end of the season will of course depend on that.
“On the rest, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we have an opportunity to do that as well. So overall those are our targets. After that, success is basically to take the maximum out of the potential of the team. Where is that? We will see.”
Arsenal currently have three games that await rearranged dates – Southampton, Leicester and Sunderland. Perhaps, if we didn’t need to have yet another international break, all three could have been played without the need to load up other weeks when things get to the business end of the season.
Just a thought.