By Chris Harris

The thought of pursuing compensation for Theo Walcott's injury has not entered Arsène Wenger's head.

The Arsenal winger dislocated his shoulder while on international duty this week and is expected to be out for three months.

The loss of Walcott is a big blow for Wenger, who is already without two wide players in Tomas Rosicky and Emmanuel Eboue. The Frenchman has criticised the timing of this week's international friendlies - four months before the next World Cup qualifiers - but he is unlikely to take the matter further with the FA.

"I haven't thought about it [compensation]," admitted Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"In a moment like that you do not think about money, you think about how you can replace the player, you think whether the squad can deal with that. I haven't thought at all about compensation.

"I just think the sad situation in that friendly game, mid-November, before game five and six in the Champions League and before important fixtures in the Leagues, is that many players have pulled out because this friendly is very badly positioned.

"It would be very interesting for Fifa and Uefa to make a study of any players who have not played last night in any national team, and who will play on Saturday or on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Champions League. That for me would be the interesting thing to see."

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20 Nov 2008