Deschamps warns Wenger over Diaby comments

The 43-year-old has hit back at the request of the Arsenal boss and insisted that only he will decide on the personnel that are selected

Didier Deschamps has hit back at Arsene Wenger’s plea for Abou Diaby to be left out of the latest France squad.

The Arsenal midfielder picked up an injury in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last weekend and the French coach then asked for him to remain with his club during the international break.

Deschamps was not impressed with Wenger’s demands and sent out a defiant warning to the veteran Premier League manager.

“I want to remind him that I am the only one to decide who will be picked and how long those who are picked will play,” Deschamps told reporters on Thursday afternoon at a press conference.

“There is only one to decide and it's me.”

Although Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri’s three-game international suspension has been served, Deschamps has opted not to give him a recall for their friendly against Japan on October 12 and their World Cup qualifier in Spain on October 16.

“I didn't think it was the right time to call him back, I prefer to wait a while," he added.

Les Bleus’ battle against Spain could be crucial in deciding the composition of Group I, with only one nation qualifying automatically for the 2014 World Cup.

That will leave the second-placed side having to go through the play-off process and the former Monaco and Juventus coach is realistic about the challenge ahead.

“Maybe they are missing some players, but they are still the best team in the world,” he commented.

“The facts are there. No other team has won the European Championship, the World Cup and the Euros again.”