By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is perplexed at the timing of the current round of internationals.

The Arsenal manager is a long-standing critic of the number of friendlies packed into the already crowded domestic and European schedule.

And, on the back of the weekend defeat to Aston Villa, the last thing the Frenchman needed was to be without almost his entire squad until Thursday.

“It is particularly not welcome at the moment because it is at a period where you want your players to recover a little bit,” he said.  “And the week after is Champions League so it’s not well positioned.

“We have some players that will not even be back for Man City.

“I don’t see what you gain from this friendly because there is no game. You can explain a friendly to prepare for an official match but after this there is no international game for four months.”

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
18 Nov 2008