For the first time in many years – I have not really taken too much interest in the upcoming fixtures, other than of course to see when we faced the neighbours for the first time. Maybe that was partly down to having an average time in the transfer window and I feared for our season ahead.
Yesterday I looked to see just what’s in store for us.
Our fixtures, which in theory kicked off last night, when pretty much all of our players were involved in international fixtures. Even the younger ones were off playing for their respective age group the night before…
There is second fixture next week, .
After that, it’s busy busy busy.
Saturday 14th September – Sunderland away
Wednesday 18th September – Marseille away
Sunday 22nd September – Stoke City home
Wednesday 25th September – WBA away (co cup)
Saturday 28th September – Swansea away
Tuesday 1st October – Napoli home
Sunday 6th October – WBA away
Then it’s another international break, so two more fixtures for our players and after that, it doesn’t get any easier.
Saturday 19th October – Norwich home
Tuesday 22nd October Borussia Dortmund home
Saturday 26th October Crystal Palace home
Should we have lost to WBA back in September in the Capital One Cup, we’ll get a full weeks break after the Palace fixture as the 4th round is played on either 29th or 30th October but I fully expect us to be playing on either of those nights.
So that could be another another midweek fixture, followed by another run of non-stop fixtures:
Saturday 2 November – Liverpool home
Wednesday 6th November – Borussia Dortmund away
Sunday 10th November – Manchester United away
Saturday 23rd November – Southampton home
No doubt you can see where I am coming from so I won’t list any more but this pattern of fixtures doesn’t let up at all, in fact it gets worse over the festive period as we play three games in just six days.
It’s not until the 11th January 2014 that the players get a full week off to rest. Before then though, we enter the FA Cup…
No doubt you’ll be wondering why I have listed all the fixtures, well there are two reasons.
One is I’m just trying to highlight the fact that our fragile squad have a busy few months ahead and their bodies are certainly going to get tested to the maximum. I hope that whoever has the final say on their GPS reading, or whatever it’s called, makes sure that players are rested properly and are not risked, regardless of who we are due to face.
Two – there’s little else to write about and no, I didn’t watch Germany……
Talking of Germany, according to The Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger is set to raid the German League for his next signings.
Borussia Dortmund pair Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan is on his wish list together with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.
He’s also keeping tabs on Dortmund’s Poland right back Lukasz Piszczek, just in case Bacary Sagna decides to leave for free at the end of the season.
The Daily Mirror are running the same story…….
You couldn’t make it up could you
That’s it for another day.