Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger, has said that he will not sell any of the club players during January’s transfer window just for them to have chances of making their nation’s World Cup squad.
Wenger, who has ruled out the possibility of selling players in January to boost their World Cup hopes, said he is only concerned with his team’s fate this season.
Arsenal players could be axed from their countries’ rosters for Russia if they aren’t given more playing time.
Players like Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott (England) and Olivier Giroud (France) are just three examples of the Gunners players who could boost their World Cup chances with more game time.
The Gunners’ boss said that he cannot allow individual players’ World Cup hopes to dictate his transfer strategy.
“I want to keep the squad. We qualified now for the Europa League and that means we do not want to reduce the squad,” Wenger said ahead of Euroupa League clash against BATE on Thursday.
“We have the League Cup, still we are in it. The FA Cup still to come, the Europa League to come, we have the Premier League where we have a big fight to be in the top four. You do not want to become weaker.
“I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club and if you can combine the two it is even better, but first is what is important for the club.
“They have to make their decisions, I have to make mine. I cannot consider too much the interest of the national team.”
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