As Jack Wilshere was spotted outside a nightclub smoking, Arsene Wenger appeared not to be too happy when this came up at this afternoon’s press conference.
The Arsenal manager mentioned the health and social issues of smoking, and the fact that it may have been acceptable for Johan Cruff to do it 20 years ago, todays athletes should know better.
Personally, I believe that any footballer who can’t refrain from smoking and drinking is a disgrace. Yes, they’re human beings like the rest of us but they are professional sportsmen. You are being paid huge amounts of money for your talent and athletic capabilities. Smoking is just downright stupid.
Personally, I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs. I live a happy enough life and I don’t preach to others about drinking, smoking or doing drugs. It’s a personal choice and I happen to believe that doing those things can have a negative effect on your body. I eat healthy and exercise reguarly. I’m not gloating, that’s the personal choice I’ve made.
But if you’re a highly paid footballer then I don’t think that’s acceptable. I’ve supported Arsenal for over 26 years and the majority of that has been taken up by the Arsene Wenger reign. The words I will always remember when he first came to the club were:
“The body is like a car, if you put in the wrong fuel then you won’t go very far.”
And I completly agree.
You will get people saying “who cares” if Jack is smoking but Arsenal Football Club, thanks to Arsene Wenger, has high standards and expectations. It’s not a good example to set young fans, it’s not good for your health and it’s just stupid to do it outside a nightclub with all the press waiting to take pictures outside.
And the fact that the official website has commented on it with Arsene’s thoughts show that Arsene and Arsenal are dead against it.
If this was any other player at any other Premier League club, I would be branding them a disgrace as well.
Jack has the ability to be a great player for Arsenal but he’s a long way off being that yet and needs to get his act together and not waste his potential.