Mar 23, 2011

Arsene Wenger orders Premier League to consider simultaneous kick-offs

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Arsene Wenger has called for the final three Barclays Premier League games of the season to be played simultaneously.  As it stands, only the final round of fixtures kick-off at the same time. But the Arsenal manager believes the current format should be altered as the race for the title reaches a dramatic climax.   Changing times: Wenger has called for the Premier League to consider altering their current format 'I think they should make each team's last three fixtures all kick off at the same time, not just the last one,' Wenger told the Official Arsenal Magazine. 'There are advantages and disadvantages to kicking off later than the other teams. If you kick off later than your rivals, and they have lost, then you are in a more comfortable situation. 'Psychologically it can give you a lift, and it's true that it can apply for us or Manchester United or Chelsea, but I think it would be better not to give any team this advantage. Grudge match: United will host Chelsea in the final month of the campaign 'Weekends where you win and your opponents lose become absolutely pivotal now.' Wenger also revealed that he doesn't keep track on a rival's score if they kick-off at the same time.  'No, I wait until afterwards,' the Frenchman added. 'If they play before us, then I like to know the result, but if it's the same time, I don't mind not knowing until the end.   'I tell the players to forget about the other matches as far as possible, and just focus on how they want to play.'  Arsenal rocked by fresh takeover fears at Usmanov increases stake in clubVan Persie: Title in Arsenal's hands... and we won't drop it!Nasri urges under-achieving Arsenal to sign Udinese defender BenatiaArsenal FC news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Arsene Wenger

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