By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger says international football is in drastic need of a re-structure.
Some club managers have long been campaigning for a different fixture schedule at that level, citing the inconvenience those games can bring at important times of the season.
England play France at Wembley during the next international break with the players meeting up with their coaches for barely a day and Wenger feels a change is needed – for the benefit of clubs and countries.
“[A change] certainly cannot be avoided,” said Wenger. “You have to re-think, it is not natural that as a club manager you look always that you do not want your players to play for the national team. I am basically happy and proud that I make a player an international player.
“You always fight a little bit for the interest of your club and it is most of the time conflicting with the national team schedule.
“It would be better that you say ‘OK for one month they are yours and play your games’.
“For example we have in the next international break England v France, the players will turn up on Monday and what can they do on Monday? Nothing. Most of them have played on Sunday and then Tuesday is the day before the game so they can do nothing.
“So they play the game on Wednesday and then they go home again. The manager doesn’t have time to get a feel for the players and to know the players better, I don’t see what kind of benefit it has for the manager.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 6 Nov 2010