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Arsenal faces a challenging fixture congestion in April, with the potential to play up to nine games…



Arsenal faces a challenging fixture congestion in April, with the potential to play up to nine games.


Arsenal’s squad depth will face its biggest challenge with the upcoming fixture congestion, as April proved to be a downfall for them last year. The fixture chaos looming ahead poses a serious threat to their 2024 campaign.


This period will be crucial for their chances of success in both domestic and European competitions. Currently leading the Premier League and in the Champions League quarter-finals, the Gunners will need to rely on their squad depth and stamina to navigate through this demanding schedule.


The upcoming north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur will be particularly significant, as it falls at the end of a busy run of fixtures for Arsenal. Meanwhile, Spurs will have a significant rest period during this time, posing an additional challenge for Arsenal.


Their team’s depth and endurance will be severely tested as they face matches every three days during the final stretch of the season.


The upcoming north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur will be particularly important, occurring after a series of five matches in either 15 or 14 days, depending on European outcomes. Meanwhile, Spurs will have a break from competition during this time due to their absence from continental tournaments and early elimination from the FA Cup.


April Fixtures for Arsenal

(Home games in bold)

  • 3 April – Luton Town (H), 7.30pm
  • 6 April – Brighton (A), 5.30pm
  • 9 April – Bayern Munich (H), 8pm
  • 14 April – Aston Villa (H), 4.30pm
  • 17 April – Bayern Munich (A), 8pm
  • 20 April – Wolves (A), 7.30pm
  • 23 April – Chelsea (H), 8pm
  • 27 April OR 28 April – Tottenham (A), 12.30pm OR 2pm
  • 30 April – Champions League semi-final, 8pm

In the previous year, April marked the downfall of Arsenal’s title challenge. Their hopes were shattered after a series of draws against Liverpool, West Ham, and Southampton, followed by a defeat to Manchester City, which ultimately erased their eight-point lead.


Unlike the current situation, April last year was not as congested, as they had already been eliminated from Europe by Sporting Lisbon in March. However, winning only one out of their five matches completely destroyed their chances of winning the title.


I am deeply worried about the upcoming period of football for Arsenal. If we manage to defeat Bayern Munich in The Champions League, we might be faced with the challenge of playing two games every week for the rest of the season. Some may not consider it a significant burden, but considering the demanding nature of this season and the previous congested schedule, I can’t help but feel concerned about the workload our players will have to endure in the upcoming months.


Currently, we are at the top of the table and will be heading to The Etihad to take on Manchester City after the international break. This upcoming match could be crucial for our title aspirations this season. Following that, we have fixtures against Luton and Brighton, where we hope to rotate our squad to give our key players some rest. Looking ahead, we will be facing Bayern Munich in The Champions League, playing four games in just 10 days, with Aston Villa sandwiched in between. It is imperative that we make changes to our lineup to manage this demanding schedule.


The congested fixture list poses a significant challenge for our players and increases the risk of injuries, which could hinder our title ambitions. As we approach the crucial stage of the season, ensuring our players are well-rested and fit will be essential for our success. Unfortunately, we have already seen some players picking up injuries and niggles, leading to a thin squad with limited depth.


It is not just us facing injury concerns, as evidenced by Kyle Walker’s withdrawal from the England squad due to a knock suffered against Brazil. Additionally, Saka has been forced to pull out of international duty due to a muscle injury, while Jesus, Gabriel, and Martinelli are all sidelined from their respective national teams.


We have been tending to the recovery of some players who have been out with long-term injuries, and it is my hope that both Tomiyasu and Partey will be fully fit and prepared for the upcoming game against Man City. They recently had a chance to get some playing time in our closed-door match against QPR, and based on that, I anticipate them being in contention. However, due to the recurring nature of their injuries, we must proceed with caution.


I must admit that I am concerned about the workload becoming overwhelming, as we are only a few injuries away from a potential disaster. At this stage of the season, it is crucial for us to be stronger than ever. The players have endured a heavy schedule from last season, along with the demands of the World Cup and international duties, which has undoubtedly taken a toll on them. With a busy period ahead, my hope is that we can effectively manage the situation and keep everyone as fit as possible