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Premier League needs winter break - Gaël Clichy

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Arsenal defender Gaël Clichy has spoken in favour of a winter break during the Premier League season.

The Premier League will not have a representative in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years, after the Gunners and Manchester United were eliminated from the competition in midweek.

This year’s European champions will come instead from Spain, France, Germany or Italy – countries whose top-flight clubs take a rest at the turn of the year.

"I think it is a blow for English football (not to have a representative in the Champions League) but at the same time we are the only championship in Europe who are not having a rest during Christmas," Clichy told www.arsenal.com.

"I don’t want to hide behind anything but when you are having two weeks off during Christmas you have time to recover, but we are playing game after game every three days and so of course you are going to get injuries.

"If you look at the Barcelona game we had six or seven players out who could have been in the starting XI. That shows you that at the end of the season whether you are Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal, English football suffers a little bit because we played so many games.

"We like playing on Boxing Day but it can be difficult."

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