According to reports, The FA have invited Arsène Wenger to explain his views and comments on doping in football.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Wenger opened up about the dangers of doping after Arsenal suffered a Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb before one of their players was found to have doped.
UEFA are in no position to offer Arsenal any sort of reconciliation after the Gunners lost in Zagreb, but Wenger’s comments on doping have intrigued The FA, who claim to run an incredibly tight ship as far as drug control tests are concerned.
An FA statement read:
“The FA, in conjunction with United Kingdom Anti-Doping (Ukad), operates one of the most comprehensive anti-doping testing programmes in the world.
“We have exceptionally few cases of positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs, which reflects the findings from drug-testing in football worldwide.
“All positive cases for Wada-prohibited substances are published by Ukad and the FA.”
Clearly they feel their work on this front is substantial, but they must be open to improving and seem eager to hear more from Wenger after he expressed his concerns.
“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,” the Arsenal manager had said.
“I’m proud of that. I’ve played against many teams that weren’t in that frame of mind.”
Surely The FA are interested to hear more minor details from the manager, as he seems to be aware of clubs who have played against him after using underhand methods off the pitch.
Whether or not it comes to anything remains to be seen, but Wenger may wish to speak to The FA. Should he do so, hopefully they take on board his ideas.