Why can’t Arsenal play Europa League games on Tuesdays or Wednesdays?

Why can’t the Europa League be taken as seriously as the Champions League?

UEFA and the FA should seriously reconsider how the fixtures and travel arrangements are made because the longer this goes on the more we can expect, not just this season but every season, to cause serious and long term injuries for each player.

After beating Leeds on Sunday we had four days to prepare and travel for our Europa League fixture against Benfica, which due to the pandemic could not take place in Portugal and had to be switched to Italy.

Forward on 24 hours after the game and rather than our boys travelling back the same night like they would normally do, Arteta or whomever it was decided they would stay in Italy, train in the morning and then fly back, when I’m assuming they went home for the rest of the day and then turned up to training on Saturday to prepare for the game against Manchester City on Sunday.

Now I realise the pandemic is causing even more disruption than what a normal season would do but the whole Thursday, Sunday fixtures taking into consideration the travel arrangements, just are not working.

I don’t see why all Europa and Champions league fixtures cannot be played over the course of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Why does Europa league have to take place on a Thursday? It is just as important a competition as the Champions League, otherwise teams wouldn’t fight so much to win it right?

So my question to UEFA and the FA is will you take into consideration players fitness and mental and physical ability each season especially after a pandemic as severe and powerful as this current one, and will you make changes to the rules of fixtures, kick of times and travel arrangements in order to ensure that players stay as healthy and physically fit for as long as they possibly can, otherwise the long term suffering implications may ruin the beautiful game in the long run! Gooners?

Shenel Osman

4 Comments

  1. Wyoming says:

    The Europa league is absolutely worthless unless you actually win it. The league cup, the world club cup the Nations cup International friendlies and most of the Federation
    and World cup qualifiers and pre season friendlies are all so meaningless. It all adds up to a bloated chaotic confusing never ending season which overwhelms the players and fans alike.
    A 30 % reduction in games played would do no harm at all.

  2. PJ-SA says:

    Simple reason…..TV air time

    The less live games that overlap the better for sponsorships and revenue.

  3. Declan says:

    Yes it’s all centred around TV and making sure game times do not overlap. By the way Shenel, the FA and Premier League have nothing to do with fixture dates as these are entirely down to UEFA .

    1. Dan Smith says:

      Tv money
      Football is a business
      Why would any TV company or UEFA want Arsenal vsBenfica , the same time as say Chelsea vs Athletico
      Better to have the option of fans able to watch both games

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