Wenger: France World Cup qualification good for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is happy seeing France reach the World Cup.

Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna and Olivier Giroud were all part of the squad against Ukraine and Wenger believes their joy can influence their club displays - even if they now face a busy close season in 2014.

"That is the problem of course but still, you want overall the players to be in a positive mood, to have a good self-esteem, and that of course comes by thinking you have the job done," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"I have a smile on my face because first it was a relief [for France] to go through. You have to give credit to Ukraine, they were unlucky, a little bit, because they got a man sent off and they conceded an offside goal. Overall you could not forget that Ukraine gave a fantastic resistance.

"It's positive for France because it was a big relief and the country needed it.

"There is a lot of unrest between the French national team and the country, since South Africa [at the 2010 World Cup], and that they could turn a situation like that in a positive way will help people to love the national team again."

 
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