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Wenger sends out Hodgson warning

Wenger has cautioned Hodgson over future conduct (©GettyImages)
Wenger has cautioned Hodgson over future conduct (©GettyImages).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the furore over Roy Hodgson's space monkey joke should come as a warning to the England manager.

Wenger went onto condemn the words of Hodgson, exclaiming that in the modern day, comments made in dressing rooms must be thought through.

Hodgson had expressed his anger England's progression to next summers World Cup had become overshadowed by news the Three Lions manager had referred to Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend as a "monkey".

The former Fulham and Liverpool manager was quick in apologising for any offence, which could have been derived from his joke.

However England player's including Townsend were quick to jump to the defence of their manager, taking to their Twitter account.

"I don't know what all this fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken. Its not even news worthy!" tweeted the Tottenham winger, who on Friday evening secured a new long-term contract.

Wenger said: "You basically want [everything] to remain in the dressing room - it is an old phrase which you know well in England. But unfortunately these times have gone, so today you have to be very careful about what you say, wherever you are.

"I must say that I don't really know what happened, but we can go sometimes a bit overboard at half-time, it is an emotional situation, there is a lot of desire and effort in there. What has he really said? What does it really mean? You have to be in the situation to know - I don't know really what happened."

The Frenchman also stressed the importance of managers adapting to different cultures in the modern game: "You have to adapt to culture of your team. When you go to Japan, you have to be cautious, because what looks normal in an England dressing room, suddenly looks completely shocking in a Japanese dressing room.

"You adapt to the culture of where you are, but sometimes you can say one word stronger and this is not politically correct, that can happen to any manager."

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