Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: When Arsenal playing their first match of the new English Premier League season against Crystal Palace, some of the World Cup stars will miss the fixture. Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger says that the season has come little too soon after a hugely demanding quadrennial tournament in Brazil.
“We could have done with one week later in all the competitions," Wenger said about the timing of the start of the season. He continued that "the final of the World Cup was on July 13; the start of the Premier League season is August 16. If you want to give some holiday to the players, your preparation becomes very short.”
Arsenal have 11 players who featured in the Brazil World Cup, including Germans Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski. Besides, their marquee signing of the season, Alexis Sanchez was also a star in Brazil. Wenger has already revealed that he will not field the World Cup winning German trio in the Crystal Palace match.
“If you don`t give players enough holiday or enough build-up in their preparation and play them straight away, then they get injured," Wenger added.
Wenger`s London rival, Jose Mourinho also felt that some of his players are not ready for the new season. Like the Gunners, Chelsea have a sizeable number of players who shone during the Brazil World Cup, which include the Brazilian trio in Oscar, Willian and Ramires, Belgian pair Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, and Germany`s Andre Schurrle.
These six players have missed most of the Blue`s pre-season matches and in all likelihood, will miss the trip to newly promoted Burnley.
Mourinho did admit that his team is not a six-men team but added that “this is modern football. It`s going in this tendency - more matches, more competitions, less time to work, even not enough time to have a real holiday for bodies and brains that top football players need. There`s not enough time."