“I understand, when it’s official games, you do not want to interfere in that because the country is important and they have to win the games. “Once they play friendlies, or games where there is nothing at stake, you think they should accommodate the clubs as well. “It is difficult because it is sometimes common sense and you cannot predict every single situation with a rule. It is more down to a good co-operation between clubs and countries that is important.” Arsenal resumed domestic action looking to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League, with leaders Manchester City taking on rivals United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Wenger is confident his side, who sit second in the table, two points off the pace, can maintain their momentum for what would be a fourth straight Premier League victory. “Overall we are in a good run and that can help the level of confidence and belief going into the next game,” he said. “You gain credibility through consistency and when people think this could be a game where we could slip a bit and you respond in a positive way. “It shows that our consistency is questioned by many people which is not based on mathematics and statistics, but more on preconceived ideas and it is down to us to change people’s minds. The longer we last (at the top), the more people will give us credit for it.” Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score against Bayern, just as he had done at Watford. England forward Theo Walcott has, though, retained his place at the head of the attack. “It is always hard,” said Wenger. “They are top players, I consider the form, the game on the day. “At the end of the season both will have played their share of games, but at the moment it is Theo (starting), in a few weeks it might be Giroud. What is important is that both contribute.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger regrets not resting Aaron Ramsey after seeing the midfielder suffer a fresh injury following his return from an intensive spell of duty with Wales. Press Association Both Ramsey and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, himself carrying an injury concern, scored in the match, before which qualification for the Euro 2016 finals was already secured. “Aaron Ramsey, after international break, he has a chance to be back, so it is a three to four weeks job,” said Wenger, whose side host Everton on Saturday. “Maybe he was overloaded a little bit with games. Ideally I think not him nor Bale should have played against Andorra, because they were qualified, but unfortunately I could not decide that. “I was in a position after that where I thought I could rest him against Watford. In the end I didn’t do it and of course after, against Bayern, I had not much choice and we got punished. “Ideally he should have had a breather, or at Watford. Realistically, the real breather he could have had was against Andorra.” Asked if he now regretted playing Ramsey at Watford, where he scored in the final goal of a 3-0 win, Wenger said: “Yes, because he got injured.” Wenger accepts clubs are somewhat powerless to prevent international managers from deploying their players in whatever manner they deem fit. “It is a point of friction between clubs and national teams,” said the Gunners boss, who in the past has seen the likes of midfielder Jack Wilshere sidelined with problems sustained while away with England. Ramsey faces around a month on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring problem during the second half of the 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. Wenger accepts he should have given Ramsey a breather at Watford last weekend, but remains unimpressed by Wales’ decision to play the 24-year-old for 90 minutes against Andorra in Cardiff on October 13.
To win this week, it will be imperative for all the players to keep stepping up as they have been with the changing lineups. The team is hoping for another sweep this weekend against non-conference teams as it will play 4-4 University of San Diego and 3-6 Long Beach State. The Trojans will also need a stingy defense against a USD offense that already has 418 kills and 36 aces this season. Some of USC’s veteran players could make their return this weekend. Senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier tried to come back after being cleared for her concussion this weekend but got sick during a match. Senior opposite hitter Emily Baptista is still not back from her knee injury. Long Beach struggles with ball handling and block errors, which is a huge advantage for the Trojans offensively. It is important for the Trojans not to get too comfortable in non-conference contests, especially after the success of the past weekend. Both opposing teams have plenty of extremely versatile players that could pose as threats to USC. Freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes, who leads the Trojans with 97 kills, serves during USC’s 3-0 over Villanova at the Trojan Invitational. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan) “Lanier’s missed a lot of time,” Crouch said. “We haven’t won all the matches where people were out, but we were competitive against really good teams, and that’s great.” Head coach Brent Crouch said he has a good feeling about the team this year but acknowledged that this tournament will be difficult. Although USC hasn’t been at full strength recently, other players have stepped in to fill key roles. Senior middle blocker Jasmine Gross had an exceptional performance over the weekend and received Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. Meanwhile, freshman outside hitter Kalen Owes was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. “Our team, because there are so many perfectionists, [is] learning how to work through mistakes when they happen because they are going to happen every game, every match at every level,” Crouch said. “Learning how to be OK with those and connecting and coming together — that is something we’ve been working on the last week.” CSULB is also a strong offensive team, with seven players who already have at least 20 kills this season. The Trojans won’t be able to take the Beach lightly, despite its unimpressive record. USD almost collected a sweep this weekend on the road, and it figures to bring plenty of confidence to the invitational against USC and CSULB. The Trojans have kept their errors under control, but USD has not been able to do the same, committing 149 errors this season. The Trojans will need to contain their own errors and take advantage of their opponents’ mistakes. “There’s not a team we’ve played this year that I don’t think could beat us,” Crouch said. “If they are on fire, and they are playing well, and we lose a little focus or just don’t execute as well as we can, there is nobody that can’t beat us — and kind of vice versa.” USC cannot make the same mistakes it has in previous road tournaments, such as making too many errors. It’s important for the Trojans to stay focused and engaged in the games and learn through the previous road mistakes to ensure two wins this weekend. After winning the Trojan Invitational last weekend, the USC women’s volleyball team will head south to the University of San Diego Invitational No. 2 Thursday and Friday.