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Check out our fixture list since Oct 14th, 2006. We have had by far the most punishing schedule of ALL THE CLUBS in the premiership!.
Because of our involvement in Champions League qualifying our game against Wigan was deferred to Dec 13th, 2006. For the records since the game against Watford on Oct 14th, 2006, we have played every 3 days. That is 2 matches a week for the past 2 months! The ONLY exception being the week of 12/nov/06 (against Liverpool) to 18/11/06 (against Newcastle). We are the only team that has faced this crises.
The result a lot of working wounded or tired: Eboue (Dead Leg), Adebayor (Groin), Lunjberg (Hamstring), Rosicky (muscle tear), Gallas (hamstring, Henry (Hamstring), Cesc/Hleb/Lehman (loosing sharpness). Our team now show brilliance in spurts rather than being consistent.
You know what, lets stand solid behind the team. Arsene has certainly NOT lost it. Some players as Lunjberg, Baptista and Song (real crap) have not stood up to be counted but all the others are giving their all. But have not been very consistent.
The talent in this team will shine thru and see us win something still this season (in the cup competitions) I am sure of that. Next season we would be serious serious contenders for the title.
Come on gunners!
Although I agree with the fact we have a hard schedule...
To me we are being punished for our own mistakes.
1. Finnishing 4th last year required us to pre-qualify for CL - more games
2. Last year we relied on Henry up front all the time and could not or did not want to rest him from time to time - hence he is burned out.
3. We lack depth in the squad and therefor we can not rest players as other clubs would do. Who would we start if Fabregas needs a rest.
4. Although we got Gallas for Cole, we did not replace Cambell whilst I believe we could have strengthened our defence with some experience.
I think the schedule is punishing us because we lack depth in many places
We knew Lauren and Diaby would be long term absentees yet did nothing to fill the gap. Each player in your squad should have an important role (starter or not), if you lose him for half a season and do not replace him you either dont believe they are important (in which case they should not be in your squad to begin with), or you have manged yourself into a position where you are not able to replace him because of financial reason or what ever, still a management error.