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ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is the perfect player to lead Great Britain's football team in next summer's Olympic Games.

The Frenchman, however, does not want any of his young Gunners to be involved in both the European championships and London 2012. The Football Association this week kept the door open for England's players to have the opportunity to play in both tournaments.

Wenger said: "I think it's good if Great Britain does well at the Olympic Games but we have to find a common, sensible solution to the use of the players.

 

ARSENE Wenger has hit out at criticism of Andrei Arshavin, with the Arsenal boss confident the Russian will deliver this season.

Arshavin joined the Gunners amid major fanfare in 2008, but more often than not he has flattered to deceive.

The Arsenal faithful have grown frustrated with Arshavin and former Gunners boss George Graham described the Russian as a "bad buy", while the player himself has suggested he has not done enough.

But Wenger has defended his £15 million capture. "You would not be surprised that I disagree with that," the Frenchman said in response to Graham's comments. "It is opinion and I think he has been great for us and will be great in the coming months.

"He is a great player and you have to give him credit for that. I personally respect him highly and think he's a great player."

Wenger also went on to praise Robin Van Persie and believes handing the captain's armband to the Dutchman has made him the best all-round striker in the Premier League.

 

 

SIR Alex Ferguson has revealed his frustration after effectively being gagged by the Football Association over the Patrice Evra-Luis Suarez affair.

Evra claimed last weekend that he had been racially abused by Suarez during the 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Liverpool and has asked his club to pursue the matter.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish said on last week that the Reds were 100 per cent behind Suarez, but Ferguson claims he has been denied the chance to speak out in support of his player.

"The FA have sent a directive to us not to discuss it while the investigation goes on," Ferguson said. "They have interviewed Patrice.

"I have got plenty to say on the subject, but I suppose I will have to adhere to what they are saying.

“I would liked to have said something about Pat in this particular instance."

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