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Arsenal are set to make a formal protest following Brazil’s decision to field Edu and Gilberto in their recent friendly in Haiti.

Wenger had given Edu a three-week holiday to allow him to recover from playing for Brazil in the Copa America tournament.

“Edu played for 70 minutes and I think that is disrespectful to the player and to the club,” Wenger told The Evening Standard.

“Brazil have 200 players who could have played against Haiti – a match in which they were winning 6-0 after an hour! I try to help international managers and I try to understand as much as I can. I cannot understand this case,” the Frenchman added.

Arsenal are without Edu for Sunday’s game against Middlesbrough and Wenger fears that Gilberto may also be missing due to the effects of travelling.

“As for Gilberto playing, it is their judgment. He was genuinely injured at Everton and, at half time, I wanted him to come off but he wanted to carry on,” Wenger added.

“They forced him to travel and, okay, that is a rule. They decided to play him and, as it was a friendly, I find it a bit surprising. But what they did with Edu was unprofessional.”

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