Arsenal face Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup tonight a little more than 48 hours after their gruelling 3-2 comeback victory over Aston Villa.
Coming off the back of Thursday’s Europa League trip to Frankfurt, the scheduling caps a tough period for Unai Emery’s players, and playing Sunday and then Tuesday does not usually happen.
But the Daily Mail report that it’s taking place as a goodwill gesture from Arsenal, because Forest are playing on Friday night in the Championship and it is seen as the lesser of two evils.
That’s because, despite their tricky few days, Arsenal do not face Manchester United until Monday night and apparently the Gunners feel they have enough time to recover – so have decided to help Forest out.
TBR’s View – Yet another example of television’s shambolic scheduling
It does not even need repeating these days that television has too much power over the scheduling of football and makes absolutely no effort to make common sense decisions.
Forest’s match against Stoke shouldn’t have been moved to Friday in the circumstances which create an absurd situation where Arsenal are forced to make a gesture of goodwill after a tough period of games.
There are countless examples; where travelling fans are disregarded, players are overworked and Arsenal may well be pointing at this if they are stunned by Forest tonight.