The Gunners boss insisted he will not be selling players to satisfy their requests of more playing time.
Arsenal head coach Arsène Wenger has trashed the speculations that he is willing to let players go in January in order to help them with their World Cup hopes.
A number of players at the Emirates have expressed their concern with the lack of playing time, which might prove problematic for their World Cup hopes, prompting them to consider a move away from the club.
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are example of Arsenal players who could really use more playing time in order to convince their country managers that they deserve a spot in the 2018 World Cup squads of their homes.
A recent proof is the statement by Guy Stéphan, France’s assistant, who warned Giroud that he needs more playing time if he wants to be part of France’s roster for the next year.
“It’s clear that he is not getting enough playing time and Didier (France manager Didier Deschamps) has already spoken to him about it,” Stéphan told TF1. “He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.”
However, Wenger insists that he will not allow individuals’ World Cup hopes dictate his strategy at the Emirates.
“I want to keep the squad. We qualified now for the Europa League and that means we do not want to reduce the squad,” Arsène said as quoted by Goal.
“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.”‘