Wales national team manager Chris Coleman has gone out and blasted Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal manager made comments about his use of players in internationals.
Wenger made comments about Coleman’s decision to play Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey against Andorra in the final game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers despite Wales already having secured a spot in the tournament, saying that it “cost” the players. Bale is being left out of Wales’ squad that is taking on Holland in a friendly on Nov. 13. Ramsey will also miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury while playing for Arsenal in the Champions League.
“Don’t comment on Gareth Bale because he’s nothing to do with Arsenal,” Coleman told The Guardian. “And if he’s got a problem with my selection or one of his players, like Aaron Ramsey, tell me. He called Roy Hodgson to speak about Theo Walcott. He didn’t call me. Why?
“I’ll gladly drive to the Arsenal training ground or wherever his office is. If I or my medical staff get no correspondence from a club, that is a green light to play the player. Don’t point the finger at us. It’s not in our interest to gamble with players and we never have done.”
Wales qualified for their first ever European Championship after finishing second in Group B behind Belgium. The last major international tournament Wales took part in was the 1958 World Cup in Sweden where they were knocked out by Brazil in the quarterfinals after a certain 17-year-old striker named Pele scored the only goal of the game.