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Thursday, 12 September, 2002, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Wenger rejects Vieira plea
Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira is feeling very tired
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has rejected Patrick Vieira's call to be rested.

The French midfielder says he needs a rest just five games into the Premiership campaign because he is burned out.

But Wenger insisted: "I have no plans to rest him. I believe that he is in a different physical shape now and will be ready for Saturday's game."

"Patrick played in Cyprus on Saturday night (for France) and after the game against Manchester City on Tuesday night he was very tired.

"I looked at the statistics for Tuesday's game and, physically, Patrick was outstanding.

"He pushed himself very hard and that explains why he was so tired," Wenger told Arsenal.com.

Vieira played 66 games last season, and appeared in his 42nd successive international in France's 2-1 win in Cyprus last weekend.


I'm not tired, I'm burned out. This time I really need a breather
Patrick Vieira

After a season in which Arsenal won the Premiership title and FA Cup double, Vieira travelled to the Far East for the World Cup.

He reckoned defending champions France's early exit from the World Cup was due to the whole squad feeling exhausted.

Vieira told l'Equipe magazine: "I'm not tired, I'm burned out. This time I really need a breather.

"I can hardly stand. My back aches, my legs hurt, it hurts all over," said Vieira who said he will be taking his case up with Arsenal boss Wenger.

Vieira said: "I'm going to see Arsene. He must give me time off to relax.

"I don't know how or when, but it must come quickly because the Champions League is coming and there are soon two tiring games in succession for France."

Patrick Vieira claimed France were exhausted
Vieira put France's poor World Cup down to exhaustion

Despite Arsenal currently topping the Premiership, Vieira feels his own form at the start of the season has been patchy.

He admitted: "I do feel a bit unnerved by my form.

"I know pretty well that I'm not good right now. I can see my performances are up and down."

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