Both Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey returned to London disappointed this week that their countries failed to qualify for the World Cup next summer.
Chile crashed out by losing to Brazil (although some David Ospina oddness didn’t help), while Wales lost 1-0 at home to Ireland.
For some players the failure of their national side can have a negative impact on their club form, but Arsene Wenger is not expecting either of his players to suffer in that regard.
Speaking about Sanchez, who the manager got some ‘special treatment’ from Brazil’s defenders, he said, ” I believe that he, like Aaron Ramsey, are winners.
“They want to focus on winning things and overall I believe that the World Cup is a stimulant – I don’t deny that – but when you don’t have it, you focus on your club and what you can achieve with your club.”
It wasn’t all negative though, as there are players coming back with smiles on their faces.
“Some people, like Iwobi and Elneny, qualified for Nigeria and Egypt,” said Wenger.
“In Europe, some are in between, like Switzerland, who have to play in the play-offs. Some have directly qualified like France and England.
“As well we had some players disappointed, like Alexis with Chile and Ramsey with Wales. There are mixed feelings but numbers-wise, I would say with Germany qualifying as well, more people are in a positive mood.”