Arsenal boss Wenger: France meltdown has left me deeply traumatised

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken of France's World Cup meltdown.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken of France's World Cup meltdown.

France bowed out in the group stages after they failed to win any of their matches against Uruguay, Mexico or South Africa.

The camp suffered during the tournament as Nicolas Anelka clashed with coach Raymond Domenech, and then a subsequent player strike followed after the Chelsea man was sent home.

"As a coach, when there is a conflict of egos, jealousy or suspicion you can't do anything but improve communication between players," Wenger explained in L'Equipe.

"It is the coach's duty to unravel trouble, but without the players' participation, you can't do anything. That is why a group needs strong leaders. The coach doesn't have access to the privacy of the group. Without intelligent players, you can't win. My players are intelligent.

"My anger is growing with each day that passes by, which should not be the case. How can a group reach that point? All year long the players are talking about the World Cup.

"How then, two days before a key match, can we reach extreme acts (strike) for such laughable reasons (solidarity to Anelka's ban)? It will remain forever a mystery to me. The group has become completely mad, forgetting the objective.

"Anyway, there is no possible working without authority. It is better a bad boss than no boss. We have to set back that culture in the French team, and send a strong message to the future players, that it should never happen anymore.

"I have been deeply traumatised with what I have seen. The French team is everyone's dream, it is unique and magic. What happened is a kind of destruction. We were ready to see them playing bad, but they went beyond this."

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