By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger insists he would never try and persuade a player to give up international football.
Tomas Rosicky was reported to be calling time on his Czech Republic career this week, a rumour that has since been rejected by his national team coach Vladimir Smicer.
Smicer voiced his concern that Wenger might encourage Rosicky to focus on his club football but the Arsenal manager rejected that notion at his pre-match press conference.
"I never did that," he said. "One day if you have nothing to do, look at the number of players I brought into national teams. I faced the same question in France, I look in France at the number of players I got into the national team under me, it is quite amazing.
"I never tried to convince anybody not to go with his national team. But Tomas Rosicky is a bit like Abou Diaby, they have problems to face the demands of both competitions. As long as you do not get a long time with your club, it is difficult to do the two.
"Tomas Rosicky comes back, he has not played but he got injured at the European Championship. That of course means that if he is not fit he cannot play for the national team, but first he has to play for the club. He is at least three weeks from full training."
Wenger was also asked about his relationship with the France national coach Didier Deschamp, who called up Abou Diaby last month after his return from injury.
"[Our relationship is] very good," replied Wenger. "I have no problem [with him]. What people don't understand is that you can give your opinion on something and that is just your opinion, it doesn't mean that you have any problem with any person.
"I just said at the moment that was the opinion of my medical staff that Diaby was not in the position to cope with the two [club and country] at the moment because when you have been out for a year you have been out for a year."
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