Football: Platini hits out at Wenger remarks

15th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Wednesday for remarks the Gunners coach made blaming Thierry Henry's injury-plagued season on poor management by the France national team.

LONDON, March 14, 2007 (AFP) - UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Wednesday for remarks the Gunners coach made blaming Thierry Henry's injury-plagued season on poor management by the France national team.

Wenger blasted the France management for not giving Henry the adequate rest after their team went all the way to the World Cup finals last summer.

However, Wenger's main grievance stems from the international friendly between France and Bosnia, in which Henry played 90 minutes, on August 16 - three days before the start of the Premiership season.

"I don't understand how Thierry Henry was injured in March due to a match he played in Bosnia in August," explained Platini.

"I am not a physiotherapist, but I can't understand how he can be injured because of a match six months ago."

Henry has sustained a number of injuries throughout the domestic season, and has now been ruled out for the rest of Arsenal's campaign with groin and stomach trouble suffered against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

The French tactician risked fielding the 29-year-old striker against the Dutch giants last week and later said: "I don't take responsibility for that (his injury) because I feel Thierry has been badly managed by the French national team."

The London club have had a disappointing season, crashing out of the Champions league last week and losing to Chelsea in the final of the League Cup.

They also exited the FA Cup in the fifth round at the hands of Blackburn and presently occupy fourth place in the English Premiership, 20 points off leaders Manchester United.

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