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Domenech slates Wenger
16 Mar 2007 - 07:17:13
France coach Raymond Domenech has hit back at Arsene Wenger's claims that he is responsible for Thierry Henry's injury-ravaged season at Arsenal.
Henry won't play again until next season after suffering groin and stomach injuries, and earlier in the week Wenger slammed the treatment of his skipper by the national team.
The Arsenal boss pointed the finger at Domenech for playing Henry in every friendly game since last summer's World Cup.
But Domenech - who was also involved in a disagreement with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho earlier in the season after selecting Claude Makelele despite the midfielder's retirement from international football - has rejected Wenger's criticism and claims he has a "clear conscience".
"Mr Wenger is starting to seriously tire me out and he is starting to tire out a lot of people," he said.
"He doesn't have innate knowledge. There comes a moment when enough is enough.
"When he says that a player who played in August injures himself in March, I do not understand how he can explain that.
"He is forgetting to say that each time Thierry Henry played a match for France, three days later he played for Arsenal.
"He has never been injured in matches for France. We have never been allowed to take risks with the player. We have a clear conscience."