Arsene Wenger has always been an avid spokesperson against the use of doping in football and once again voiced his concerns to L'Equipe, as per the Guardian, saying his Arsenal side have "played many teams" guilty of doping.
Among the numerous doping scandals that have surrounded some of world football's stars, the most recent reference that directly affects the Frenchman involves Arijan Ademi, Dinamo Zagreb's midfielder who failed a drug test immediately after the Gunners' surprising 2-1 loss to the Croatians.
Wenger told L’Equipe: “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.
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"I’m proud of that. I’ve played against many teams that weren’t in that frame of mind."
Time and time again, he's asked UEFA to impose stricter rules and even stricter sanctions to those teams whose players are found guilty of such an act. His plead for blood tests - not urine tests - to become the new standard for drug testing was answered in 2013.
The Frenchman claims he's always stood by the "values of football" and it upsets him how today's football focuses on winning, regardless of methods and means to achieve it.
Unfortunately for Wenger, UEFA did not punish Ademi or Dinamo Zagreb because it requires at least two players to test positive before imposing any sanctions.
Wenger was once involved in a doping scandal in 2011, when former Arsenal player Paul Merson told French magazine So Foot that the team would inject "a yellowy product" into the arms of players before a big game.
His reply went according to the standards he preaches, though: “If you find one player who I asked to take an injection to play one game, no matter how big the game was, I would resign tomorrow morning.”
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