Arsene Wenger is unhappy that Jack Wilshere has been called into the England squad so soon after his return from injury, but says he’s found some understanding with boss Roy Hodgson over how the midfielder might be utilised.
The Arsenal manager was clearly vexed at Wilshere’s inclusion, hitting out at the press for their influence and suggesting that his suspension from tomorrow’s game against Fulham was a key factor, but was sanguine in the end having spoken at length with Hodgson who is keen to have one of the country’s most talented midfielders back in his squad.
“I wouldn’t like to come out on my feelings because at the moment they are not very positive. I saw it coming, that’s all I can say. Anyway, I have no choice. I have good relations with Roy Hodgson.
“We spoke about the situation, he knows my feeling and I know his feeling. You know that I think it is early for Jack. We found a good understanding and a good compromise. Roy wants him in the group to connect with the players.”
The boss also hit out at the decision to hold a round of international friendlies in November when national sides don’t meet again until 2013, having already had a number of tedious Interlulls to contend with.
You don’t know how the November friendlies can prepare you for a game in February,” he said. “There are a lot of politics behind these games. When you see some teams travelling, you think: ‘Is it more to pay back some corporation than prepare a team for the next official game?’
“The problem is not to have too much conflict with the interest of the clubs. But when we play next Saturday at 12.45pm against Tottenham and Cazorla plays for Spain in Panama on Wednesday night, you cannot say there is no conflict of interest between the two. It is also difficult to understand why these games are not like the official games and played on a Tuesday night.”
All very sensible and as usual Arseblog News is drawn back to the same, familiar conclusion that international friendlies are just money spinners for the national associations and a waste of everybody’s time.