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Wenger: 'The way football is sold does not protect you'
December 10th, 2013 12:48AM
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[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Matchday 6] Three berths in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League will be up for grabs on Tuesday and five will be decided on Wednesday the final day of group play. One of the teams still seeking to secure a berth is Arsenal, which travels to Napoli on Wednesday between tough EPL matches.

Arsenal is in first place in the English Premier League by five points, but four wins in fives have yet to secure the Gunners passage to the round of 16. Arsenal will advance with a win, tie or loss by less than three goals at Napoli, which may need some help from Marseille in its game against Borussia Dortmund to advance even if it beats the London club.

With a tough game against Everton on Sunday -- 1-1 tie -- Wednesday's game at Napoli and a match at Manchester City on Saturday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took aim at the English schedule-makers.

“I would like that there is an ethics committee who looks if the clubs are in the right position and have the right protection for English football to do well,” the Frenchman said. “It is a fact the way football is sold that every television [network] has its own rights. They don’t care when you have already played. They think, ‘Is it a nice time to play on Saturday morning this game between Arsenal and Man, City? OK.’ They don’t look to see if we played on Wednesday. The way football is sold does not protect you.”



Tuesday, December 10
GROUP A
LIVE: Man. Utd. vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, FOX Sports 1 (2:30 PM ET)
Real Sociedad vs. Bayer Leverkusen, FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., Dec. 11 (delay) 12:00 PM ET
Standings:
11 *Man. United
8 Shakhtar Donetsk
7 Bayer Leverkusen
1 Real Sociedad
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP B
LIVE: Galatasaray vs. Juventus, FOX Sports 2 (2:30 PM ET)
FC Copenhagen v Real Madrid, FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., Dec. 11 (delay) 1:00 AM ET)
Standings:
13 *Real Madrid
6 Juventus
4 Galatasaray
4 FC Copenhagen
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP C
LIVE: Benfica vs. Paris SG, FSN (2:30 PM ET)
Olympiakos vs. Anderlecht, FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., Dec. 11 (delay) 10:00 AM ET)
Standings:
13 *Paris SG
7 Olympiakos
7 Benfica
1 Anderlecht
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP D
LIVE: Bayern Munich vs. Man. City,  FOX Soccer Plus (2:30 PM ET)
Viktoria Plzen vs. CSKA Moscow, FOX Soccer Plus, Wed., Dec. 11 (delay) 3:00 AM ET)
Standings:
15 *Bayern Munich
12 *Man. City
3 CSKA Moscow
0 Viktoria Plzen
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

Wednesday, December 11
GROUP E
LIVE: Chelsea vs. Steaua Bucharest, FOX Soccer Plus (2:30 PM ET)
Schalke 04 vs. FC Basel, FOX Soccer Plus, Thurs., Dec. 12 (delay) 1:30 AM ET)
Standings:
9 *Chelsea
8 FC Basel
7 Schalke 04
3 Steaua Bucharest
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP F
Marseille vs. Borussia Dortmund, FOX Soccer Plus, Thurs., Dec. 12 (delay) 8:30 AM ET)
LIVE: Napoli vs. Arsenal, FOX Sports 1 (2:00 PM ET)
Standings:
12 Arsenal
9 Bor. Dortmund
9 Napoli
0 Marseille

GROUP G
Atletico Madrid vs. Porto, FOX Soccer Plus, Thurs., Dec. 12 (delay) 10:30 AM ET
Austria Vienna vs. Zenit St. Petersburg,  FOX Soccer Plus, Thurs., Dec. 12 (delay) 3:30 AM ET
Standings:
13 *Atletico Madrid
6 Zenit St Petersburg
5 Porto
2 Austria Vienna
*Clinched berth in round of 16.

GROUP H
LIVE: AC Milan vs. Ajax, FOX Sports 2 (2:30 PM ET)
LIVE: Barcelona vs. Celtic, FSN (2:30 PM ET)
Standings:
10 *Barcelona
8 AC Milan
7 Ajax
3 Celtic
*Clinched berth in round of 16.


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