Arsene Wenger has admitted players involved in the latter stages of Euro 2016 are set to miss the start of the season for Arsenal.
The Gunners boss says players need at least four weeks off to recover from their summer exploits for their country in the tournament so Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, who played for France in the Euro 2016 final last weekend, appear certain to miss the Gunners’ opening Premier League game of the season against Liverpool on August 14.
Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, who both made it to the semi-final stage with Wales and Germany respectively, are also set to be granted extended leave.
“It takes you two or three weeks to regenerate. So overall I believe that most of them we are giving four weeks holiday to recover completely, and they need to come back with hunger,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“The French players, Giroud and Koscielny, had a good tournament [even if] they didn’t finish as well as they hoped,” he added.
“I think Ozil had a good tournament as well. I met him after the game with France, he was of course very disappointed but most of them had good performances.”