By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has every confidence that Guus Hiddink will not use his dual coaching role to hand Chelsea an unfair advantage over Arsenal.
The Dutchman has taken temporary control at Stamford Bridge but is also in charge of the Russian national side - for whom Andrey Arshavin is a key player. Arsenal's new signing is expected to line up for his country in their World Cup qualifying double-header against Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein at the end of the month.
Conspiracy theorists may wonder whether Hiddink will give less favourable treatment to the Arsenal man and the point was put to Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The Frenchman dismissed it out of hand.
"Now that is a good question," said Wenger, tongue firmly in cheek. "I must call him. It is good we do not play Chelsea the Saturday after the international break!"
"No, it doesn’t worry me. If he gives him three training sessions a day I will be worried. But I know Hiddink and I think he is an honest guy and will I think he do what is right.
"He has two hats – one is coach of Russia, and he will do what is right for Russia and I have complete confidence he will do that."Copyright 2017 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