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Arsene Wenger Hints His Arsenal Sides Have Played Against Drugs Cheats

Arsene Wenger Hints His Arsenal Sides Have Played Against Drugs Cheats

Arsene Wenger has had his say on the current doping scandal engulfing athletics, and admitted that similar circumstances may go on in football.

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission report has this week made the accusations about Russia with its chairman, Dick Pound, claiming that “Russia is not the only country and athletics is not the only sport with a doping problem.”

And in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, the Arsenal manager hints that there are more than likely to be cases that mirror Russia’s current plight, even suggesting that he himself has came up against opponents of a mind to dope.

He said:

“I try to be faithful to the values that I believe to be important in life and to pass them on to others.

“In 30 years as a manager, I’ve never had my players injected to make them better.

“I never gave them any product that would help enhance their performance. I’m proud of that.

I’ve played against many teams that weren’t in that frame of mind.

“For me, the beauty of sport is that everyone wants to win, but there will only be one winner.
“We have reached an era in which we glorify the winner, without looking at the means or the method.
“And, 10 years later we realise the guy was a cheat. And during that time, the one that came second suffered. He didn’t get recognition. And, with all that’s been said about them, they can be very unhappy.”
The semi-revelation will undoubtedly cause many to speculate just who Wenger is referring to, with the Frenchman almost certainly nodding towards opponents in England, having spent the last two decades managing in the Premier League.
Is he right? Is football just the next sport on the brink of a doping scandal? Let us know your thoughts!
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