Although millions of people worldwide probably take having Christmas with their family for granted, that’s one thing Arsenal won’t be doing this year.
For the first time in their careers, many Arsenal players and even Arsene Wenger will be able to spend time at home on Christmas Day.
The Gunners played Liverpool on December 22 and now don’t face Crystal Palace until December 28. That’s a whole five days of rest – more than any other Premier League team!
As Petr Cech explained to the Gunners’ website, the Premier League fixtures list often means that footballers in the UK play a match on Boxing Day. It’s a British tradition almost.
However, while we’re at home, down the pub or at the Emirates watching the sport with our families, we forget that the players have had to be in training the last couple of days. Thus missing out on the celebrations.
Even Wenger admits that it’ll be somewhat of a novelty to have Christmas off.
Hopefully, the ‘rest’ over the busy festive period will do the lads good.
Last time we travelled to Selhurst Park we embarrassingly lost 3-0 and it was something of a low point.
We can’t let that happen again.