Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta want some changes in Premier League squad rules amid new injury woes at the North-London club lately.
Arteta called for some changes in the Premier League squad rules, as his team is struggling with some injuries. Gunners will have a busy run of schedule specially with Champions League and Premier League taking up their time.
Number of players have been injured or in doubts for upcoming clashes. Hence, squad rotation will be important for Arteta and Co but it has become a struggle for them.
Jurrien Timber has been a long-term absentee for Arsenal after he suffered a serious knee injury in his first match for the club. William Saliba, Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli are already forced to miss some action through an injury concern.
Arteta demands changes in squad rule
Speaking on the Pre-match press conference, Arteta said :-
“If we have more games, more competitiveness and physically the standards are higher – by playing more minutes – we have to do that or instead of five subs, we have 10.
“The five subs is now something normal but it was a big fight to go from three to five. I cannot imagine the game in the conditions we are in today after last year and the World Cup without five subs, it would be so difficult. If the calendar extends, for sure we would have to think of not dropping the quality. The only way to do it is players have to have certain availability and you need players to pick.
“When is this going to stop and how long will it take for us to make the right decisions? The laws will change and probably our capacity to do things during games will change as well. We will have to adapt, for sure. We will need more players. The players have a certain amount of energy.
“The battery lasts so long and we will burn them. We will need more players if that’s the case. We have to adapt. There are periods sometimes where you get really unlucky, and sometimes things that are really difficult to prevent.
“When you are loading players more and there are players who haven’t done it in the past that risk increases. We try to manage every single thing to control it, but there are things that are difficult to do and we have to accept that.”
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