Emirates Stadium boss is not a happy man.
Arsenal may complain at Belgium’s use of Thomas Vermaelen
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Thomas Vermaelen’s appearance for Belgium in midweek may have aggravated the defender’s ankle injury.
Vermaelen, 26, played 90 minutes in the friendly against Greece on Wednesday night, despite carrying the knock.
Vermaelen could be out of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool.
And Wenger said: “Belgium has made a decision I still don’t understand. They forced the player to travel first and then forced him to play 90 minutes.”
He added: “I will look [to see] if we can put a complaint in.”
Vermaelen has struggled already this season with fitness issues and missed more than two months of action between August and October due to ankle ligament damage.
When fit, the ex-Ajax man has been a mainstay of Wenger’s defence, playing 27 times this season.
And Wenger added: “We have a problem with Vermaelen that we will have to assess today [Friday]. At the moment it is very hard to say [what his chances are of playing against Liverpool].
“They had a centre-back on the bench who did not play at all in a friendly game knowing that they do not even go to the European Championship.
“For me, it is very difficult to understand.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Have to back Arsene Wenger on this one. Friendlies are pretty much pointless at the best of times but given that Belgium are not preparing for the Euro 2012 finals the use of a player who was not fully fit is a confusing one and was clearly going to lead to a complaint from the Gunners boss.
Thankfully there are plans in the works to reduce the amount of international friendly dates in the footballing calender.
It seems that the main purpose of the friendly dates is to generate funds for individual FA’s as clearly players can just as easily adapt to international set-ups in training camps rather than having to play seemingly needless internationals slap bang in the middle of the season.