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Arsene Wenger has come across 'many teams' in football that are guilty of doping

The Arsenal boss has suggested athletics isn’t the only sport in which drug cheats have prospered in recent times.

Wenger: “I try to be faithful to the values that I believe to be important in life.
Wenger: “I try to be faithful to the values that I believe to be important in life."
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ATHLETICS IS NOT the only sport that currently has a doping problem, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

In a wide-ranging interview with L’Equipe, the Gunners boss says his side have come up against “many teams” who have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Arijan Ademi, who played in Dinamo Zagreb’s 2-1 Champions League defeat of Arsenal earlier this season, failed a drugs test following the match, with Wenger citing this factor as key to the game’s outcome.

“I try to be faithful to the values that I believe to be important in life and to pass them on to others,” Wenger told the French publication. “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. I’m proud of that. I’ve played against many teams that weren’t in that frame of mind.

“For me, the beauty of sport is that everyone wants to win, but there will only be one winner. We have reached an era in which we glorify the winner, without looking at the means or the method. And 10 years later we realise the guy was a cheat. And during that time, the one that came second suffered. He didn’t get recognition. And, with all that’s been said about them, they can be very unhappy.”

Wenger has made similar claims in the past — in 2013, he said football was “full of legends who are in fact cheats,” adding that Uefa’s drug-testing measures were inept.

h/t The Guardian

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