Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat not happy with Arsenal game schedule

Dick Advocaat

Sunderland will face Arsenal and Chelsea in quick succession in the final week of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has told The Sun that he is not happy that his side will have to play Arsenal in the final week of the season.

The Black Cats will take on Arsenal away from home at the Emirates Stadium in North London in their penultimate Premier League fixture.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it will be played on Wednesday, May 20 due to the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final tie against Reading at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Advocaat, who was appointed the Sunderland boss last month, is not happy to play Arsenal and then Chelsea in a matter of days in the final week of the 2014-15 campaign.

“For me, that was strange, putting the Arsenal game on that date,” the Dutchman told The Sun. “It’s strange it’s at the end of the season. It was unbelievable the club did not protest.”

While Advocaat may think that he has a point, the fact is that Sunderland would have had to play Arsenal anyway so it does not really matter when they do so.

If the Black Cats played Arsenal this weekend, then Arsene Wenger's side would have been favourites to win, just as they would be in May.

Playing Arsenal on Wednesday, May 20 and then Chelsea on Sunday, May 24 will give the Sunderland players less time to recover, especially as they will take on fellow relegation candidates Leicester City on Saturday, May 16.

However, Sunderland have lots of time to prepare for their next Premier League game against Stoke City away from home at the Britannia Stadium, which is on Saturday, April 25.

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