Since receiving a three-game ban from UEFA which might prevent him from attending next summer’s Euro 2012 tournament, Wayne Rooney has received plenty of support from fellow players and managers, with Everton manager David Moyes describing the ban as a joke.
Arsene Wenger also feels that the punishment is greater than the crime, although the Arsenal manager certainly feels that Rooney should be on the plane to Poland and Ukraine next summer, with UEFA having been very harsh in his opinion.
Wenger said: “I am not in a position to tell Fabio Capello what he has to do. You ask me my opinion, I give you my opinion that he should go to the European Championship of course.
“You cannot expect your national team to win the European Championship and leave him out just because he misses the qualifying stage. That doesn’t work well together. If you expect your team to win you have to take your best player even if he doesn’t play the first three games.”
Wenger likened Wayne Rooney to Zinedine Zidane in the sense that a high level of pressure can cause something inside a talented player to lash out. Wenger added: “He is a great player. The other day he had a bad reaction. I’ve seen that from (Zinedine) Zidane and many great players.
“It’s sometimes a consequence of the immense pressure they are under, everybody expects them always to do something special”.