Gunners face two season-defining contests on the road in the space of less than three days.
Top-flight leaders Arsenal are said to be angry with the Premier League over an upcoming scheduling of fixtures that sees the north London club take on title rivals Manchester City barely 60 hours after a daunting and exhausting Uefa Champions League encounter with Napoli in Naples, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
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The Gunners travel to Southern Italy for a decisive final Champions League group-stage showdown with Rafa Benitez’s high-flying Serie A side on the night of Wednesday Dec 11, with the match kicking off at 19.45GMT.
Arsenal know that they will qualify for the knockout phase of Europe’s premier club competition if they avoid defeat by less than three goals against Napoli, although head coach Arsene Wenger will still be forced to put out a full-strength side against the Italians in the knowledge that the home side can be devastating at the San Paolo.
However, the north Londoners are then set to face in-form City at Eastlands in the lunch-time kick-off just three days later, with the Blues having played their own final Uefa Champions League fixture on the Tuesday night, and not only, but Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already qualified for the next stage of the tournament in February.