Wenger criticises Brazil
By Stuart Vincent
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal are to make a formal protest against Brazil for playing Edu and Gilberto.
Arsenal are set to make a formal protest against Brazil for playing Edu and Gilberto in their recent friendly in Haiti.
Manager Arsene Wenger had given Edu a three-week holiday to allow him to recover from playing for Brazil in the Copa America tournament.
Edu was due to return to Highbury on August 17, the same day that Brazil required him for international duty.
Despite Wenger's fears over their fitness, Brazil used both Edu and Gilberto during their impressive 6-0 win over Haiti on Wednesday.
"Edu played for 70 minutes and I think that is disrespectful to the player and to the club," Wenger told The Evening Standard.
Wenger, who had been trying to protect both players, was quick to criticise Brazil for fielding them after very little training.
"Brazil have 200 players who could have played against Haiti - a match in which they were winning 6-0 after an hour! I try to help international managers and I try to understand as much as I can. I cannot understand this case," the Frenchman added.
Arsenal are already without Edu for Sunday's game against Middlesbrough and Wenger fears that Gilberto may also be missing due to a back injury and the effects of travelling.
"As for Gilberto playing, it is their judgment. He was genuinely injured at Everton and, at half time, I wanted him to come off but he wanted to carry on," Wenger explained.
"They forced him to travel and, okay, that is a rule. They decided to play him and, as it was a friendly, I find it a bit surprising. But what they did with Edu was unprofessional."