Koscielny, Ozil and Giroud back for Arsenal?

Date published: Thursday 18th August 2016 11:44

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Arsene Wenger has hinted that he might recall his absent Euro 2016 trio for Arsenal’s trip to Leicester.

While plenty of Euro 2016 players did appear in the Premier League last weekend, including Cedric Soares who played in the final, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud were all rested by Wenger.

After the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, Wenger claimed that it was impossible for those players to be fit enough to start the match, but said that the inexperience of the club’s young players cost Arsenal dear.

Wenger believes that he would be taking a risk on Ozil, Koscielny and Giroud, but that the schedule makes it difficult for him to prepare his squad.

“Maybe I will take a gamble on bringing them back early but I have 48 hours to decide,” Wenger told his press conference.

“It is very difficult. The clubs always pay for the fact that the players played in these tournaments,” he said.

“What has changed in the Euros is that it lasts a month like the World Cup. As you have seen, the Euros finish on the 10th of July, and the Premier League starts on the 14th of August. So what can you do?

“You give the player a normal holiday, and they are not ready to start the championship, or you don’t give them the holiday and they are mentally and physically jaded.

“I gave him [Koscielny] holiday at the start, because I thought we would have Gabriel and Mertesacker. Unfortunately we lost the two, and on Sunday we were short of experience.”

But why is it only ever Arsenal that seem to suffer so much from this?

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