Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has responded to criticism of his decision to give his players a two day rest period this week, reports the Independent.
The Gunners have are in the middle of a busy schedule where they face Everton in the FA Cup quarter finals, Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League and are still in the hunt for their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 season.
They face the London derby with Tottenham before lining up against Chelsea and Manchester City in a tricky month.
Wenger was surprised that he had to defend his choice to let the players have a couple of day off. "We have played without a break since December, we don't have to justify that, it's unbelievable. We are in a society where everyone wants to control everything; I don't understand this at all.
"We are entitled to do unusual things. We came out of a heavy schedule. We had two days off, that's all. Sometimes it's not only physical, it's mental, you're under pressure all the time, there's nothing unusual there."
Wenger also revealed that Mesut Ozil is fit to play against Stoke this weekend after a hip injury. The German has looked out of form in recent weeks and has come under pressure from Arsenal fans. He missed last week's clash with Sunderland, due to injury. Thomas Vermaelen, the defender, could also make an return from injury but maybe playing out of position.
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