For f***'s sake, World Cup is next year: Wenger

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London, Nov. 24 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger lost his cool and launched an F-word rant when he was quizzed about British winger Theo Walcott's World Cup chances.

On being asked whether Walcott should be part of Fabio Capello's World Cup squad, he said: "For f***'s sake the World Cup is in June. Is he on holiday until June 11? You cannot be serious. For me, the big season is with Arsenal, not at the World Cup.

"We do not pay players to go to the World Cup, we pay the players to do well for Arsenal. The first pride of a man is to do well for the guy who pays you in life, not to go to the World Cup," The Sun quoted Wenger, as saying.

Walcott has been plagued with injuries and has only made one start and two sub appearances for Arsenal this season.

"He's not played this year. It's not his fault but he's paid by Arsenal every week to perform - and well paid. Let's do well for Arsenal. Even during the World Cup he will be paid by Arsenal FC," Wenger said.

The Frenchman then sent off another four-letter message to Walcott, 20, and the rest of his Arsenal team-mates.

"Listen, a guy who has a poor season has a poor World Cup. A guy who wins with his club goes to the World Cup and has a good chance to win. Because the players are not afraid of you if you do f*** all the whole season," he said.

"You have no respect from the manager if you don't do anything at your club. The only experience I have of players who won the World Cup was with Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit," he added.

"They won the Premiership, they won the FA Cup, they went to the World Cup and they won that. You can't think that the players have to be within themselves and then turn up at the World Cup." (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 16:02 [IST]
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