By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Wales manager Chris Coleman has hit back at Arsene Wenger for going public with his complaints that the national team did not rest Aaron Ramsey.
Arsenal manager Wenger claimed Wales should have applied “common sense” when selecting the midfielder for the Euro 2016 finale against Andorra.
After playing the full 90 minutes and scoring for Wales in a game that was effectively a dead rubber, Ramsey played and scored again in Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Watford the following Saturday before suffering a hamstring injury against Bayern Munich 16 days ago.
Wenger pointed the finger firmly in Coleman’s direction over the injury by claiming that his player should have been rested, but the Wales manager responded to that criticism as he announced his squad for the upcoming Holland friendly, minus the injured Ramsey.
“Yeah I was surprised [about Wenger’s comments] but anyone can call me up, I haven’t got a problem,” Coleman said. “If Wenger had a problem then call me I’ll drive to Arsenal’s training ground or to his office.
“Our job is hard enough without us chipping at each other, especially with a cheap shot, which is what it was.”
Wenger also criticised the inclusion of Gareth Bale for Wales’ clash with Andorra – something which also riled the Welshman.
“Don’t comment on Gareth Bale, he has nothing to do with Arsenal,” he said. “If he has a problem with my selection of Ramsey then pick up the phone.
“That’s how it works, if I don’t get correspondence from the club or a call from the manager, then that it is a green light to play him.
“It’s plain and simple. No correspondence from Wenger to me – he called Roy [Hodgson] to speak about Theo [Walcott], he didnt call me up. Why?”
Due to a calf injury, Bale has only played 45 minutes for Real since helping Wales qualify for Euro 2016.