Arsene Wenger hits back at Raymond Domenech over Arsenal's William Gallas

04 April 2010 01:40
Arsene Wenger has hit back at claims from France coach RaymondDomenech that he was irresponsible over the treatment of defenderWilliam Gallas as he recovered from injury.   [LNB]The Gunners boss accepts his gamble to throw veteran centre-halfGallas back into action against Barcelona following eight weeks on thesidelines with a calf problem failed to come off after the defender wasunable to complete the match.  [LNB] Domenech - who was at the Emirates Stadium for Wednesday night'sEuropean tie - has told the French players they must be fit to train onMay 18, or will not be considered for selection to go to South Africa. [LNB] Down and out: William Gallas is stretchered off against Barcelona[LNB]Wenger, though, maintains his first consideration will always be for the good of the club. [LNB]'Now a club is not even any more in a situation when it can decide when it plays its players,' said Wenger following this afternoon's Barclays Premier League victory over Wolves.  [LNB]'Clubs have the right to pay the players, but not when to play them.  [LNB]'"I don't disagree that I took a gamble on Gallas - but the player declares himself fit, the medical staff declared him fit, the rehabilitation centre declared him fit... but I still cannot play him because maybe France needs him in the summer in the World Cup - during which we pay him as well.   [LNB]'You have to leave some freedom to the club to decide when they play their players.'[LNB] War of words: France's Raymond Domenech and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger[LNB]   Wenger has also seen his plans at Arsenal scuppered by injuries to key men while away on international duty.   [LNB]The Frenchman said: 'I want the players to do well for the national team as well, but the national teams have to accept as well that we lose the players.   [LNB]'Like Robin van Persie, who went for what? To play in Italy in Bari for a friendly when the stadium is half empty - and we lose him for the whole season.   [LNB]'We pay him the whole season. They decided to play him.   [LNB]'So when we play at home against Barcelona in the quarter-final of the Champions League, we are still ostracised because we play a player who declares himself fit. That is a bit too much.' [LNB] Theo Walcott times run just right for England with another top Arsenal displayArsenal 1 Wolves 0: Bendtner's late winner maintains Gunners' title pushCesc Fabregas may never play for Arsenal again as Barcelona prepare £50m bidARSENAL FC

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