By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger would like the football calendar revamped to help "harmonise fixtures around the world".

The Frenchman is one of many club managers who will lose players to the Africa Cup of Nations in January with Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh in line to represent Ivory Coast and Morocco respectively.

Wenger experienced a January to November season during his time with Nagoya Grampus in Japan and he thinks that is the best way forward.

"I understand it looks completely strange as people have been educated the current way but I moved to Japan and the season was in January to November," Wenger recalled.

"We started training in January and after a while it was completely normal, it wasn't as bigger shock as I expected it to be - and I spent Christmas at home!

"[With a new calendar] you would not be confronted with these situations when players are playing in two different championships. You would play during the summer period in the best period for football to be played.

"Let's not forget the structure when it started - non-professional football was during the holiday and you started to play football when people went back to work. We have passed that period now.

"The period of rest would be the same [in international football]. It wouldn't change the number of games.

"It would be a revolution but it would be easier to harmonise all the fixtures around the world and I am convinced FIFA and UEFA would be happy. And you could play a World Cup in Qatar - that is a reason maybe."

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22 Nov 2012