Arsene Wenger, often the sole voice of reason in a game full of illogical decisions, once again exemplified how to handle an internal disciplinary issue. When pressed on the issue of Jack Wilshere smoking by the press, with many hoping for a sensationalist response from the Frenchman, he calmly stated that Jack's behaviour was not acceptable and that he would talk to the player.
Many in the English media, however, went for a different approach. Many attacked the player, with Wilshere vilified by some as a smoking addict who was jeopardising his career. The reality is this: Wilshere made an inexcusable error of judgement in smoking one cigarette.
But it was only one. Any leading fitness coach will tell you that to compete at the highest level of sport you cannot operate at full potential with copious amounts of tar in your lungs- if Wilshere really was a full-time smoker, he would certainly not be starting for Arsenal.
The media must find the boundary between being truthful and being unfair- they cannot blow stories out of proportion in order to sell papers at the expense of Wilshere. The papers will be full of stories about how poor English youth development is and yet when we actually produce a technically gifted and promising young player, some do everything they can to exploit his flaws. Wilshere has to be allowed to concentrate on getting back to his best form for club and country, instead of battling malicious stories in the press.
Of course what Wilshere did was wrong. He knows that arguably better than anyone and he certainly doesn't need the media to remind and criticise him. The matter has seemingly been resolved by manager and player, therefore the media should end the matter there and allow Wilshere to focus on getting England to the World Cup next year.
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