Arsene Wenger refuses to put international football ahead of Arsenal, will stick to rotation policy
Posted: 7 December 2017 Time: 11:52
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended his rotation policy, stating he does what is in the best interest of the club, not the player’s national teams.
The Gunners boss has stuck to fielding different teams in the Premier League and Europa League, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere being limited to European competition.
Giroud’s case is one of concern for the forward as he is yet to start a top-flight match this season, something France assistant coach Guy Stephan has warned could cost him a spot in the 2018 World Cup squad.
Wenger, though, says he cannot put the needs of international football ahead of his duties to the Gunners.
"They have to make their decisions, I have to make mine," Wenger said of international managers.
"I cannot consider too much the interest of the national team, even if I support France. I can only play with 11 players and the players have to deal with that and so do I.
"Overall I try to give them competition, which is what they have had until now. But these are discussions I have had with the players. It's part of it."