Wenger slams ‘nightmare’ tours


Arsenal were exploring the idea of playing matches in either India or Malaysia after their initial trip to Singapore in July but have decided against it — a decision that Wenger is happy with. ‘I am pleased with that because pre-season is always difficult if you cannot prepare well,’ said the Arsenal boss.

‘Let’s not forget they voted to start early in August next season.

‘Some players play until June 21 in the Copa America, some in the European Under 21 Championship play until June 14.After a season where we have no winter break, I don’t see where you go from there to give players a proper rest. It’s impossible.

‘It is difficult because of the commercial aspect but you want to find a compromise.’

On the prospect of Arsenal emulating Tottenham and Chelsea by organising a post-season tour Wenger, who takes his side to Burnley today, added: ‘Post-season tours are a nightmare — I will never do it.

‘I always feel people come along to watch but the players are half on their holidays.

‘From a purely football point of view, there is not much meaning — let’s be honest.’ – Daily Mail

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