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Arsene Wenger has defended his right to select non-British players after fielding a squad completely made up of foreigners in Monday's win over Crystal Palace.
The Frenchman has been criticised in many quarters after the absence of Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell brought the issue into sharp focus this week.
Ahead of the FA Cup tie with Sheffield United, Wenger spoke passionately about the situation and insisted he is not concerned by a player's passport.
Tottenham boss Martin Jol has sprung to the defence of Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as the debate over The Gunners' all 'foreign' team continues to rage.
Jol claims he sees no problem with Wenger's decision to select a 16-man squad comprised exclusively of non-British players against Crystal Palace last Monday, and insists it is a phenomenon happening all over Europe.
"It is a controversial issue, but I think when you have achieved what they have achieved, the supporters must be happy at Arsenal," he stated.
Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis believes Arsenal have done little wrong despite criticism of their all-foreign midweek squad against Crystal Palace.
Despite being in scintillating form, Arsene Wenger's collection of talent from overseas has endured a backlash in the past few days.
Many believe Wenger's policy to rely on foreign talent is hindering the prospects of young English and British talent, which is unable to make an impression at Highbury.