Alexis Sanchez missed doping control but Wenger insists Arsenal have nothing to hide


Last Monday Alexis Sanchez was selected to have a random drug test, something the Premier League routinely do for all clubs.

However, because he was in Manchester completing his deal to United, there was confusion as to his whereabouts the test did not happen.

Arsene Wenger says that it’s ultimately Arsenal’s responsibility, but insisted the club have nothing to hide and that it was just special circumstances that saw the Chilean miss the control.

“I think it’s a special event for him to miss a drugs test because he was certainly busy somewhere else with his agent,” he said.

“Overall, he has been tested so many times here that it’s no worry for me that he has any doping problem. It’s just a bad day for him to be tested.

“Honestly, on the administration side, it would certainly still be our responsibility because on the day, he had not moved. Maybe it will be down to us, to our responsibility.

“I don’t know what really happened, but usually we always try our best to get our players available and always coordinate well.”

Wenger has been one of the most outspoken coaches when it comes to doping in football, often a lone voice, and you might recall a couple of seasons ago the reaction of UEFA to his criticism of their drug policies saw the governing body send a surprise team of testers to London Colney [the Arsenal training ground].

You don’t need to be a genius to see what kind of message was being sent there, but the Arsenal manager insisted once again the club have nothing to worry about.

“I’m quite relaxed because we have nothing to hide here,” he continued. “We always try our best to cooperate with doping control.

“I pushed always for football to do more against doping, so I don’t see why we should not cooperate. We try our best, but this was a special day.

“The intention of Alexis was certainly not to hide, nor was our intention to hide anything. We have nothing to hide.”

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