Two days after van Gaal criticized Manchester United’s pre season schedule, Arsene Wenger has also gone on the record to bemoan the scheduling of his teams pre season tour.
The Gunners have travelled to the USA to meet New York Red Bulls, and they will also take part in a training camp in Austria before hosting the Emirates Cup, and Wenger admits that the schedule is far from ideal. “We’ve never been to the States before and I was very happy to come to New York – a city I love, but for purely football reasons, the best thing to do is stay and not travel too much because of the time you waste and the jet-lag you suffer is not ideal,” the Frenchman told reporters. “This season is a post-World Cup year and very difficult because the time is very short between the final, which was on July 13, and the start of the new season on August 16, and compulsorily, from FIFA, you are obliged to give four weeks’ holiday to the players. “So, I don’t know how all that works together. It looks, to me, impossible.”