Smicer voiced his concern that Wenger might encourage Rosicky to focus on his club football but the Arsenal manager rejected that notion at his pre-match press conference.
"I never did that," he said. "One day if you have nothing to do, look at the number of players I brought into national teams. I faced the same question in France, I look in France at the number of players I got into the national team under me, it is quite amazing.
"I never tried to convince anybody not to go with his national team. But Tomas Rosicky is a bit like Abou Diaby, they have problems to face the demands of both competitions. As long as you do not get a long time with your club, it is difficult to do the two."