Guardiola, Wenger, Conte and other managers bemoan heavy fixture schedule

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The never-ending debate that is the English Premier League heavy fixture schedule that sees clubs play through Christmas rages on as managers continue to complain about player fatigue and injuries in their squads.

While club managers understand that football during the holiday season is part of the culture in the UK, there’s always a ‘but’ that follows.

“How many injuries the players they have? We are going to kill them!” is how Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola puts it.

The video above says it all.










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Wenger describes penalty decision as 'farcical' as Arsenal and Chelsea play out draw

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Wenger was again unhappy at the referee.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to contest a charge of misconduct from the football Association – as he added further criticism of officials following Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

Wenger was on Tuesday charged following his conduct in the referee’s changing room after Sunday’s game against West Brom.

Wenger was furious with referee Mike Dean, who had awarded West Brom a late penalty at the Hawthorns for a handball by Calum Chambers.

Wenger has until 6pm on Friday to respond, but refutes the charge.

Asked if he planned to contest the charge, Wenger said: “100 per cent. You can listen to every interview I said. I stick to everything I said without a problem.”

Wenger was speaking after a pulsating and at times controversial 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

He was infuriated by what he called a “farcical” penalty, which was converted by Eden Hazard after the Belgium playmaker was fouled by Hector Bellerin.

“At the moment we have to face surprising decisions,” Wenger added.

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Analysis of Alexis Sanchez's performance during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea

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Alexis Sanchez made only a passing contribution to an otherwise enthralling 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Sanchez had scored three goals in his previous three games but after his early shot was tipped onto both posts by Thibaut Courtois, the Chilean gave way to others in a thrilling London derby.

With the January transfer window now open and Sanchez yet to sign a new deal with Gunners, scrutiny on his performances has increased.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at his display at the Emirates Stadium.

POSITION

Sanchez took his place on the left side of an attacking midfield duo alongside Mesut Ozil and behind Alexandre Lacazette. While Ozil, however, often dropped deeper to form a midfield three with Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka, Sanchez stayed high, hanging off Chelsea’s midfield waiting for a chance to counter-attack.

ATTITUDE

With transfer speculation now in full flow, some might have expected Sanchez’s focus to waver but there was little evidence of that here. He was harrying Chelsea’s back five from the off and when he cleared out Cesc Fabregas from behind late in the first half, there was no shortage of passion in his vociferous protesting towards referee Anthony Taylor. Fabregas smothered him with a smiling hug.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Jack Wilshere of Arsenal look on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on January 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sanchez struggled to make a telling contribution.

THREAT

Sanchez went closest to a first-half breakthrough as his toe-poked finish was tipped onto one post by Courtois, rolled across the line and hit the other post before staying out. He twice tried to play in Ozil too and almost connected with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ deep cross at the start of the second half, but the ball was just too high. As the match wore on, however, Sanchez’s influence faded.

OVERALL

For a period in the first half it looked as though Sanchez would again be a protagonist in this end-to-end contest but he drifted into the background as the late goals flew in. Few could argue this was a result of off-field distractions, however. Sanchez seemed as committed as ever and after three games in seven days, he may simply have run out of gas.

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