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Wenger furious over friendlies

sports Updated: Mar 03, 2012 00:28 IST

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Friday blasted the international friendlies schedule after claiming Belgium made injured defender Thomas Vermaelen play a full midweek match against Greece despite his recent fitness woes.

Wenger said the Gunners are considering lodging an official complaint against the Belgian Football Association. "They forced the player to travel, then forced him to play 90 minutes after being injured in a friendly game."

Vermaelen's case is not the only one vexing Wenger. "The Holland manager ( Bert van Marwijk) hasn't spoken to me, but he knew Robin was injured because he said despite his groin problem, he will play him, it is the same with the Belgium manager (Georges Leekens)," he said.