By Richard Clarke

The situation regarding Ashley Cole is "not a big worry" for Arsène Wenger at the moment.

The Arsenal manger omitted the England left back from his squad for the trip to Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday. Cole is not injured but, like Theo Walcott, a bout of sickness has prevented him returning to full fitness after the World Cup.

However while the 17-year-old winger is at the start of his Arsenal career there are widespread suggestions in the newspapers that Cole will be leaving for Chelsea soon.

Wenger was pressed on the issue just before his 18-man squad set off for Croatia. There was little to report

"At the moment, there is not a lot to say about it," said the Frenchman. "I have spoken to him like I do to all the players, not more and not less about being transferred or not.

"The Cole problem is not a big worry for me at the moment. The player is a very important player for the Club, and if one day we sell him, I will inform you I promise you.

"But there is one thing for a player wanting to leave and there is another thing to sell a player. You need the three parties to agree.

"At the moment we just focus on the players who can play tomorrow. He is a great player, but a great player who does not play cannot help you."

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Richard Clarke 7 Aug 2006