Arsene Wenger believes the France national team is to blame for striker Thierry Henry’s injury-disrupted season.
Arsenal manager Wenger said: “I feel Henry has been badly managed by France.
“After the World Cup final I gave him a holiday. France called him up less than 14 days after he came back – and they played him in the whole game.
“It was a friendly, so why did they need to play him in the whole game? And he has played every friendly since, when he was already on his knees.”
Henry, 29, will be out for the rest of the season after suffering stomach and groin injuries during Arsenal’s Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven last week.
That follows a number of spells on the sidelines this season including a month-long period before Christmas in which he didn’t play at all.
France coach Raymond Domenech has used Henry in seven international matches this season – including three friendlies – and played him for the full 90 minutes in all but one of those games.
“It was very difficult to get in touch with the French national team after the World Cup,” added Wenger. “You know the French!”