Wenger's Irish stew: Arsenal boss can't call France World Cup play-off

12 November 2009 01:01
Arsene Wenger believes this week's World Cup play-off between France and Republic of Ireland is too close to call.

The Arsenal manager, can expect some of his players to be in Raymond Domenech's squad if France win the two-legged showdown.

Va va voom: Wenger believes France, with Thierry Henry, are superior to Ireland

But he revealed he is having 'interesting conversations' with Arsenal academy director Liam Brady, who is on Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni's coaching staff.

In a stew: Wenger believes the Irish will be tough

'I believe France have more individual quality,' said Wenger.

'The question mark is how much can the enthusiasm, the collective drive of Ireland, and the efficiency on the day, counteract maybe the technical superiority of the French team.

'In the last three games, there has a resurgence of quality in the French national team. They are better than six months ago and they are on their way up.

'It will be a very interesting game because I am keen to see the mixture of Irish passion, drive going forward, with the shrewd calculating temper of Trapattoni, against the French national team, which is still very young but with a lot of quality.

'Liam Brady is on the bench with Ireland, so we have very interesting conversations.'

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Source: Daily_Mail