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There is no doping in EPL: Wenger

Admitting that he is unhappy with the current level of drug testing in football, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger asserts that he does not see any signs of doping in the English Premier League.

The coach had earlier claimed that he has faced many sides who, he suspects, have used performance-enhancing drugs to aid their players.

Arsenal were beaten 1-2 by Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in September, with one of the Croatian side’s star men, Arijan Ademi, later testing positive for a banned substance.

The English Football Association is keen to hold talks with the Arsenal manager over his previous claims that he has faced teams with players who have taken performance enhancing drugs. “No, I’m not happy with the current level of drug tests in football. I don’t think in England, in the Premier League, I don’t see any signs of doping at all,” Wenger was quoted as saying by beIN Sports on Monday.

“I’m not satisfied with the level of testing because I believe blood tests should be done. If you want to go into a bit more sophistication you have to do blood checks. Urine checks are superficial and not deep enough to say absolutely sure that we have no doping problem in football,” the veteran manager said.

The 66-year-old further said, “I think no and I wish no but on the other hand, can you have 740 football players at a World Cup and come out with zero alert on any doping? It’s a little bit surprising. I hope it is true but I think to be completely sure about it, you want to go into deeper tests.”
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