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Mikel Arteta blames Premier League for English clubs’ European exits 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has criticised the Premier League for the exits of four English clubs from European competitions

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has urged the Premier League to reconsider its scheduling to provide English clubs with a better chance of success in European competitions. 

His call comes in the wake of Arsenal’s elimination from the Champions League, alongside other English clubs facing similar fates.

The Gunners’ European journey ended with a defeat against Bayern Munich, mirroring Manchester City’s exit at the hands of Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. Liverpool and West Ham also bowed out of the Europa League, leaving Aston Villa as the sole English representative in European competitions after their triumph over Lille in the Europa Conference League.

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Arteta pointed to the scheduling discrepancies between English and other European leagues, citing Bayern Munich’s advantageous rest periods compared to Arsenal’s packed fixture list. He highlighted the Eredivisie’s decision to grant Ajax a weekend off ahead of their Champions League semi-final in 2019 as an example worth emulating.

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Arsenal players applaud their travelling supporters after the loss to Bayern Munich. (Image Credit: Getty Images)


“In these leagues, they cancel the games or bring them forward to have more rest for the Champions League,” Arteta remarked. “We are not doing that and are putting even more pressure on ourselves. It’s not an excuse; it’s the reality.”

When asked about the possibility of aligning Premier League scheduling with other leagues, Arteta emphasised the need for parity in recovery time between matches. “If you want to compete in the same condition, we should be able to have the same amount of recovery between games. That, at least, is something we can do,” he asserted.

Arsenal face Wolves in the Premier League this weekend, marking their third game in seven days. Despite recent setbacks, Arteta remains focused on the challenges ahead and the opportunity to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League.

“It’s been a very intense journey,” Arteta acknowledged. “This job, this industry is constantly testing your resilience and your ego. When things are going well and when they’re not going well.”

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  1. Tanu aggarwal

    April 24, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    Arteta makes a valid point about scheduling challenges 🗓️ English clubs need fairer rest periods to compete in Europe ⚽ Let’s hope for adjustments to level the playing field! 🔄 #PremierLeague #EuropeanFootball

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