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Emery won't play the blame game despite Gunners' congested diary

 

By Staff Reporter

Unai Emery has refused to criticise the Premier League for making his Arsenal side play three times in a week - even if he admits his stars will be unable to cope.

The Gunners host Leicester on Monday night, less than three days before they kick off their Europa League Group E clash against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

Sporting face a Taca de Portugal clash with Loures tonight before they welcome Emery's side to the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

After returning from Lisbon, Emery will take his side to Crystal Palace on the Sunday - but the Arsenal head coach believes it is the prerogative of the rights holders to determine when his team play.

"We are first in one competition (the Premier League) and TV is very important," he said. "TV can choose the matches on Friday, Sunday, Monday. If they decide we are going to play Monday, we don't stop to think whether it is better to play Monday or not.

"Every player, they need to feel they can play every match. (With) only three days difference, you can't do that.

"We want to continue in our way with different possibilities tactically and with players - but with a lot of matches, we can't."

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