By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes a Great Britain team would shine at the London Olympics.
The prospect of a unified team taking on the rest of the world at next summer’s Games is a mouthwatering one and the Arsenal manager believes they would have a strong chance of a medal.
“They will do well, because it is at home and the focus will be there usually,” said Wenger, although he admitted that football has never struck him as a traditional Olympic event.
“I think the Olympic Games is not about football, it is about track and field,” he said. “Football for me never looked to be a highlight of the Olympic Games.
“In the professional game we see the Olympics football as an obstacle than as a motivation.”
It remains to be seen whether Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish players would get to play in a GB Olympic football team - their Football Associations fear losing their automatic seats on the eight-man International Football Association Board - but Wenger would have no problem if Aaron Ramsey wanted to represent Britain.
“I am happy for him to play for us - that is basically the target of our career,” said the Frenchman.
“It depends when the Olympic Games are, usually they are at the start of the season, so it is a big problem for the professional football clubs.”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 17 Mar 2011