Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996. The Frenchman has overseen the Gunners pass through many eras of football in the last 20 years, but in an interview with L’Equipe this week, he has revealed that he believes that doping is becoming a major problem in the beautiful game.
“In 30 years as a coach, I have never had my players injected so that they might perform better. I’m proud of that. I have played against a lot of teams who were not in the same frame of mind.”
During the fallout of the allegations made against Russian athletes across all sports this week, fears grow that this may indeed be a problem in football. The French manager has added fuel to these flames, by suggesting that there is indeed such a problem, but it is certainly not at Arsenal.
This brings to mind Paul Merson’s 2011 autobiography, when he made this astounding allegation. This photo was posted by Paul Kimmage on Twitter.
While Wenger has since denied the truth of this statement, it does leave a lingering doubt.
Doping in sport is extremely topical at present due to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s investigations, it is worth asking the hard questions. Wenger’s recent comments may add further pressure on the authorities to investigate the issue further.