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Wenger responds to Mourinho complaint

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at old rival Jose Mourinho by saying his team do not get an easy ride over fixtures. “It is depending on objective analysis. A day is 24 hours and you count how many times you have rest between games. “I didn’t make the study, it was made by an independent company. I cannot influence that.” The thorny matter of fixture congestion will raise its head again after Arsenal were drawn against Liverpool in the FA Cup, with the tie likely to be selected for live television coverage. That clash, slated for the weekend of February 15 and 16, will come just days before Arsenal’s Champions League last 16 first-leg clash with Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium and after vital Premier League games against both Liverpool away and Manchester United at home. Such testing periods have broken the Gunners in the past, but Wenger has told his players to absorb the occasion and pressure this time around. “It is an interesting (FA Cup) draw and a difficult one; we have a little advantage by playing at home,” he said. “Overall it’s a great difficulty and we will try and absorb it and come out in a positive way. “(There are) plenty of big games. It means the squad will need to be highly focused, (it is) a massive challenge and we are confident we can do that.” Chelsea boss Mourinho said last week that the Gunners get a certain “influence” when it came to their schedule, something Wenger was eager to refute on Monday morning. “It is simple – look at the fixtures and analyse it. I trust you will give an objective view,” the Arsenal boss said. “You will see Arsenal are behind all the other teams. In the last five years all the objective studies that have been made show Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top four. “That is fact. It has nothing to do with my opinion. It is an independent company that made (the study) that shows Arsenal had less rest than any other team in the top level.” It is understood the study Wenger was referring to was internal analysis of Arsenal’s fixture programme. Wenger cited his side’s hectic schedule just before Christmas when they played at Manchester City on a Saturday lunchtime following a midweek European trip to Napoli, both of which ended in defeat. Mourinho’s comments about Arsenal fixtures came in response to criticism from Wenger about Chelsea’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United. Wenger insisted the war of words was not part of any mind games campaign on his part, with his team one point ahead of Manchester City and two clear of Chelsea going into the midweek Premier League programme. The Gunners travel to Southampton on Tuesday night. “It is not mind games. It is opinions,” Wenger said. “But I don’t live with opinions, I live with facts. and the facts don’t depend on me or Mourinho. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgHUGHESThe death has taken place, suddenly, of Norman Hughes, Cashel, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. Suddenly. Funeral arrangements later. House private please.McDAID The death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Marion Mc Daid, (nee Mc Glynn), 34 Town Parks, Convoy and formerly of Killanure, Convoy. Her remains are reposing at the family home. Funeral from there on Wednesday morning at 10.15 for 11 o’clock funeral mass in St Mary’s Church, Convoy, followed by interment in the new cemetery, Convoy. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Oncology Ward, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o the Mc Daid family.WILSONThe death has taken place at his home of Gerald Wilson, 6 Kingsfort Park, Derry. Funeral from his home on Wednesday at 9.30am for 10am Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Pennyburn, followed by interment in St Baithin’s Cemetery, St Johnston, Co DonegalMcDEVITT The sudden death has taken place of Charlie Mc Devitt, Greenans, Glenties. His remains will leave Letterkenny General Hospital today, Monday, at 4pm to arrive at Holy Family Church, Edininfagh at 4.30pm to repose overnight. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11am followed by burial in the local cemetery.McDAIDThe sudden death has taken place in Glasgow of Jim McDaid, formerly of Gortnalake, Creeslough. His Funeral Mass is taking place today in Holy Cross Chapel,  Govanhill, Glasgow, followed by burial in Philip’s Hill Cemetery, Carmunock.MULHERNThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Micky Mulhern, Carrowreagh, Bridgend. Remains reposing at his late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow, Tuesday, at 10am to St Mary’s Church, Cockhill, for Requiem Mass at  11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – MONDAY, AUGUST 8TH was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AUGUST 8THdonegal death notices august 2011OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – MONDAYlast_img read more