Wilshere under fire for smoking

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faced a dressing down from his manager on Friday with Arsene Wenger saying the player had damaged his reputation by being photographed smoking on a night out.

"When you are a football player, you are an example and ... you don't do what damages your health," the Frenchman told a news conference when asked about the newspaper picture.

"The fact that you can damage your health at all, you can smoke at home and you can drink at home where nobody sees it but when you go out socially you damage your reputation as an example as well."

Wilshere responded by posting a picture on his Twitter feed of France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winner Zinedine Zidane having a cigarette, adding: "But for the record.... I don't smoke!"

Wenger said he had not had a chance to speak to the England international yet but said he would be doing so as attitudes towards smoking had changed so much since his own playing days.

"I've travelled as a football player on coaches after games in France where you didn't see each other -- there was so much smoke on the coach, everybody smoked," he added.

"But times have changed ... English society is very sensitive to smoking ... so it's a bit more shocking here than it is somewhere else," said the manager.

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