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

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04 Apr 2010 01:40:07

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

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.   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.  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. Down and out: William Gallas is stretchered off against Barcelona Wenger, though, maintains his first consideration will always be for the good of the club. '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.  'Clubs have the right to pay the players, but not when to play them.  '"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.   'You have to leave some freedom to the club to decide when they play their players.' War of words: France's Raymond Domenech and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger   Wenger has also seen his plans at Arsenal scuppered by injuries to key men while away on international duty.   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.   '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.   'We pay him the whole season. They decided to play him.   '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.'  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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