Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Friday November 9 2012
Arsene Wenger has criticised England's decision to call up Jack Wilshere for next Wednesday's friendly against Sweden, but has suggested that he has reached a compromise with Roy Hodgson over the inclusion.
Wilshere will miss tomorrow's encounter with Fulham due to a one match suspension, but the Arsenal boss still has his doubts over the usefulness of November friendlies.
'I wouldn't like to come out on my feelings [over the decision] because at the moment they are not very positive,' Wenger said. 'The ideal solution would be yes [that he would not be involved with England].
'It's good to have a little break after three games. What we like is that he won't play over the weekend so he will recover. But I think he needs 10 days of good recovery.
'He is not completely through the big test of durability. The fact is that he has come out in a positive way of the first three games, which were quite intense physically. The first response is positive. Let's touch wood and hope he gets through well [the England game]. The next 10 games, of course, will tell you a lot more.'
Wenger also suggested that media pressure was partly responsible for Wilshere's inclusion, 'I saw it coming, that's all I can say,' Wenger wrily remarked. 'Because of Jack's suspension, because of the fact that England looks for some midfielders and, as well, because the media puts some pressure to bring him in as quickly as possible. You [the press] always have a big influence on the FA.
'Anyway, I have no choice. I have good relations with Roy Hodgson. We spoke about the situation, he knows my feeling and I know his feeling. You know that I think it is early for Jack. We found a good understanding and a good compromise. Roy wants him in the group to connect with the players.'
Arsene also reminded journalists that Wilshere picked his original injury up playing for England against Switzerland in June 2011, 'You cannot ask a club not to overplay a player if he is not injured with the club,'
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott has also been called up for the game. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs are not fit enough to join. Carl Jenkinson will join up with the squad subject to international clearance.
Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have been called up for France, Santi Cazorla will play in Panama for Spain. Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski will play for Germany against Holland and Thomas Vermaelen will face Romania in Bucharest.
Wenger questioned the intention of the November international friendly, suggesting it was more about profit than football, 'You don't know how the November friendlies can prepare you for a game in February,' he said.
'There are a lot of politics behind these games. When you see some teams travelling [long distances], you think: 'Is it more to pay back some corporation than prepare a team for the next official game?'
'The problem is not to have too much conflict with the interest of the clubs. But when we play next Saturday at 12.45pm against Tottenham and Cazorla plays for Spain in Panama on Wednesday night, you cannot say there is no conflict of interest between the two. It is also difficult to understand why these games are not like the official games and played on a Tuesday night.'
Date:Friday November 9 2012
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