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.”

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17 Mar 2011