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Wenger unhappy with Wilshere smoking

Updated: Friday, 04 Oct 2013 11:59 | Comments

Jack Wilshere shares a joke with Arsenal team-mates
Jack Wilshere shares a joke with Arsenal team-mates

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has labelled Jack Wilshere's smoking as totally unacceptable and plans to take up the issue directly with the England midfielder.

Wilshere was pictured with a cigarette outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli earlier in the week, when the 21-year-old had started on the bench.

Wenger, whose side head to West Brom on Sunday looking to maintain their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League, will leave Wilshere in no doubt of his responsibilities on and off the pitch.

Speaking at Friday morning's pre-match media conference, the Arsenal manager said: "I disagree completely with that behaviour.

"I don't know really what happened, so I will need to have a chat with him about that.

"There are two things - first of all when you are a football player you are an example and as well you don't do what damages your health.

"The fact is that you can damage your health at home, you can smoke at home and you can drink at home, and nobody sees it, but when you go out socially you also damage your reputation as an example."

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