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WARNING: Arteta says lack of winter break means football must be careful

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has joined Marcelo Bielsa in expressing concern over the fixture calendar and insisted football needs to be careful over the load being put on players.

Leeds boss Bielsa admitted earlier this week to having “serious doubts” over the future of the sport at the elite level due to the amount of games being played.

Arsenal will play seven more times in December, following their match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

“I think we all have been taking very seriously the conversations the managers have had in recent months and years with all the regulators,” Arteta said.

“Financially football is going through a moment where it is difficult to have 25 to 30 players in a squad but if you don’t, you are just loading players all the time so we have to be very careful.

“I think the product in this country is magnificent still, but we have to maintain it and there are certain things in my opinion that have to be reviewed.

“At the moment it doesn’t look (like regulators are listening) because every time we are talking or discussing something, it is to do more and more and more. But at some stage hopefully we don’t start to make changes when things are in a worse place because that would take a while to put right.”

The upcoming demands will no doubt see Arteta rotate at certain points this month but he has options at his disposal.


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