By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants Great Britain to do well at the 2012 Olympics - but he insists player burn-out must be avoided at all costs.
Next summer is shaping up to be an extremely busy one for the cream of English football with the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine followed closely by the London Games.
The hectic schedule has raised the spectre of players like Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott competing on the continent from June 8 to July 1 and then challenging for Olympic gold between July 25 and August 11.
Wenger will be cheering on Team GB but he feels that some players are more suitable than others for Pearce's squad.
"I think it’s good if Great Britain does well at the Olympic Games but we have to find a common sensible solution to the use of the players," he said. "I think it’s important for us as well to have our players when we need them.
"Jack, Theo, Chamberlain, Ramsey, and Gibbs - they can all be involved. But we have to find a solution. I don’t know how we can find a solution in the modern game. Before it was an Under-23 tournament. Now for England it looks as well to be an over-35 tournament!
"Players like Ryan Giggs, certainly, I would be happy that Giggs plays. Not because he plays for Man United but because I think Giggs has never had the chance to play at international top-level tournaments. So for him it would be something fantastic and he’s still good enough to do it."
Wenger spent a large chunk of his pre-match press conference discussing next summer's potential problem but he insists he does not want the Olympic football tournament to be scrapped.
"I cannot make this decision," he said, "I just think there is a conflict between use of the players at the club and for the country.
"And when you speak as a manager of a club people think you are against the country. I am not against the country, I am happy if England does well, why should I not be happy when the team does well? But if you were manager of Arsenal you would worry as well about having your players when you need to win football games."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