Wenger clears up controversy over Sanchez doping claims

Date published: Friday 26th January 2018 9:35

Arsene Wenger has moved to clear up the controversy regarding Alexis Sanchez missing a doping test while at Arsenal.

Confusion reigned on Friday morning after a number of British newspapers, leading off from reports in Spain, claimed that Sanchez had missed a routine doping test on Monday.

The player was travelling to Manchester at the time to complete his move to United, but there could be sanctions for Arsenal if the FA were not informed of the player’s whereabouts beforehand.

Wenger was quizzed over the situation on Friday.

“There was a lot going on and it was a special day for him,” he said.

“Negotiations were going on and I think it was a special event to miss the drugs test to be somewhere else.

“There is no worry for me that he had any doping problems.

“On the administration side, it was ours,” he replied, when asked whose responsibility it is.

“On the day, he had not moved so maybe it was down to us.

“Usually, we try our best to make our players available and co-ordinate well.

“It doesn’t happen a lot. It can be difficult to localise a player at some moments.

“I am quite relaxed. We have nothing to hide. We always try our best to co-operate with doping control.

“I have always pushed for football to do more for doping. The most important thing is that the intention is right.

“Alexis’ intention was certainly not to hide. We have nothing to hide.”

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