'I would say that the schedule for us is a bit cruel' says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal will take on BATE Borisov and Brighton & Hove Albion in the next two fixtures.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger's side play three matches in six days Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims the Gunners' fixture list is a "bit cruel" as his side play three matches in a space of six days.

The north London club registered a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates on 25 September. The clash between these two sides were scheduled on Monday, while the other teams playing in the European competition had their matches scheduled on Saturday.

Wenger and his men will travel to Belarus to face BATE Borisov in the midweek Europa League clash. This is followed by a league tie against Brighton & Hove Albion at home on Sunday. They have less time for preparation for the upcoming two fixtures as they played West Brom on Monday.

The Frenchman promised to play a strong starting XI against BATE, but revealed that the bench in the Europa League will consist of young players.

"I have a decision to make and at the moment I would say that the schedule for us is a bit cruel. We played tonight, we play in BATE Borisov on Thursday night and play Sunday at 12 o'clock here," Wenger was quoted as saying by Arsenal's official website.

"When you look at the schedule over the weekend I think there was some room for us to be scheduled differently, but we have to accept it and we want to go to Borisov with a good team. I will go with a team of senior players and certainly with a young bench."

It was Alexandre Lacazette's brace that helped the Gunners seal three points against Tony Pulis' side. Wenger was delighted with the France international's display and explained why he was withdrawn during the game.

"I took him off because he was tired. He had an opportunity to score a hat-trick but I gave him the penalty as well," Arsenal manager explained.

"So overall, what you want is to win the game and not to take any gambles because if they come back to 2-1 it can be nervy in the end. So when the guy is a bit tired and when you have Giroud on the bench, you know you might have to defend on set pieces or Giroud can score the third goal."