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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 14, 2008

Domenech: Gunners' defence hold key for France

Arsenal's back four represents the way forward for France, according to embattled coach Raymond Domenech.

The 56-year-old was widely expected to lose his job after Les Bleus' toothless showing in Euro 2008 and things have got little better since then as a horrendous start to the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign saw them lose to Austria 3-1.

Despite that, Domenech has been assured of his job until the end of his contract in 2010, and he is looking to the Emirates Stadium to improve his lot.

Domenech yesterday recalled Mikael Silvestre, who is relaunching his career at Arsenal after his summer move from Manchester United, for next Wednesday's friendly against Uruguay.

The 31-year-old centre-back, back in regular action after two seasons on the sidelines with injuries, last played for France in the 2-0 win over Togo in the 2006 World Cup.

Silvestre is one of a quartet of Arsenal defenders in the squad, the others being William Gallas, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna, and there is a chance all four could start against the South Americans.

"Mikael is playing again and he brings experience [at centre back]," said Domenech.

"That will allow us to put the Arsenal defence together, so at least nobody will criticise us."

Another Arsenal player, Samir Nasri, is likely to fill the vacancy on the left flank caused by Chelsea winger Florent Malouda's omission.

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