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‘Arsenal stars need time to regenerate’

Arsene Wenger will give his international stars enough time off to ensure they are rejuvenated and hungry for success.
 
Alexis won the Copa America with Chile for the second consecutive year while France duo Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny played in the European Championship final.
 
Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 with Wales and Germany respectively and Wenger will manage their returns carefully.
 
“You consider the rest time because France had a long, long go and I believe that they need four weeks’ holiday because they need to recover from that,” he told Arsenal Player.
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“It takes you two or three weeks to regenerate… to recover completely, and they need to come back with hunger. That disappointment to lose a final, it takes some time to recover from that.
 
“I believe the club benefits from [our players’] experiences at the top level, and the mental experiences as well that they have gone through with such a huge pressure. Of course in the longer term you benefit from that.
 
“Apart from England - who of course came out a bit early - some players had a very positive experience, like Aaron Ramsey with Wales, Alexis with Chile - they won again the Copa America so that’s of course a fantastic achievement because they were away from home this time.
 
“The French players, Giroud and Koscielny, had a good tournament [even if] they didn't finish as well as they hoped.
 
“I think Ozil had a good tournament as well. I met him after the game with France, he was of course very disappointed but most of them had good performances.”
 
 

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