Arsene Wenger has called for one of his key players to be handed a rest during next week’s international fixtures preceding the clash with Manchester United.

The Gunners have already been dealt an injury blow with the news that Hector Bellerin will be sidelined for several weeks due to ankle ligament damage while Alexis Sanchez nurses a calf problem.

As a result, Wenger is keeping his fingers crossed about the fitness of other key players who will be representing their countries again next week.

Thus, the Arsenal manager insists Laurent Koscielny should not be playing more minutes for France only days before the crunch clash with Jose Mourinho’s side.

“I’ve never tried to prevent a player from international duty. When it’s a competitive game I never intervene.” Wenger said in an interview with beIN Sports

“When it’s a friendly game, for example now Koscielny goes to the French national team, having played every single game apart from the first game of the season with us.

“France plays a friendly with Ivory Coast in the second game on Tuesday night. I can’t see the purpose of Koscielny playing the second game.

“I understand completely him playing against Sweden, it’s difficult to understand him playing the whole game against Ivory Coast because afterwards we play at Manchester United and then Paris Saint Germain.

“If it’s not needed, you try to find a compromise that suits both parties. I could ring (Didier Deschamps), but most of the time I don’t do it.

“Most of the guys who are national coaches have been inside the clubs and they know the problems you have and are well aware of what you face.”

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