Arsene Wenger: Roy Hodgson's meeting a good idea badly timed

Roy Hodgson and Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger would not have stopped his players from attending a get-together with England coach Roy Hodgson

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he would have allowed his players to attend a planned England get-together.

But he admitted the meeting, which has now been scrapped, was badly timed on a Thursday night near the end of January.

Boss Roy Hodgson hoped to analyse England's last game, a 3-1 win over Scotland, but some clubs would not allow their players to attend.

Wenger said: "It's good to have a get-together for Roy Hodgson but maybe the date was not the best."

The Arsenal squad includes five England internationals: Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger told a news conference on Friday that he had spoken to Hodgson about the meeting and it was acceptable.

He said: "Hodgson spoke to me about that. It was St George's Park, which is not the best location for a get-together.

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"And after that it was 48 hours before a Premier League game and managers do not want their players to travel two days before the game."

He added: "I said to him, 'Look, I want to see that we play on Sunday, or Saturday, how long will it last?' He told me it will be six until nine. That is quite acceptable."

The FA said clubs were in favour of the meeting, but due to a busy schedule, no suitable date could be agreed by all parties involved.

BBC Sport understands Chelsea were set to prevent defender Gary Cahill attending because of their heavy fixture programme.

According to Wenger that was also the case with other clubs but it has been reported that around 60 Premier League players were prepared to spend Thursday night watching an NBA basketball game at London's O2 Arena.

The Daily Mail reportsexternal-link that the players were on the guest-list for the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks.

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