Arsenal boss Unai Emery says his players are strong enough to play three times a week if needed. Emery opted to take a strong squad to Azerbaijan for the meeting with Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday, despite the near 5,000-mile round trip.
But he insists that he is well-versed in playing in Europe – especially in the Europa League – having won the competition three seasons in a row while in charge of Sevilla.
Asked about the struggle of playing Thursday and Sunday, he replied: “Yes but the Premier League is very difficult. It’s the most difficult domestic competition in the world.
“The first six teams are playing each season a lot of matches in the Premier League, the cups and Europe.
“Every teams want to do the best performance in the Premier League because it’s the first competition for us and also in the cups and Europe.
“The top players want to play a lot of matches. I have experience too because I’m playing in Europe for the 12th consecutive season, six in the Champions League and six in the Europa League so my habit is also this.
“We are going to balance each matches physically with the players but these player are prepared to play Thursday and Sunday and then we have players to make changes for some matches. But if I decide to play a someone for three matches in a week, they are available to do that.”