Arsene Wenger has now had his say on the spitting debate.

Asked about his thoughts on the Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans incident last Wednesday, the Arsenal boss had some interesting thoughts on the debate.

Wenger feels that TV replays and repeated analysis makes the incidents appear worse, which is always going to be the case because TV slow motions can never really replicate what happens in the heat of the moment.

However, the Gunners’ manager does accept that everybody in the modern game has a responsibility to behave appropriately and set an example.

However, it is amusing to hear what he says when he reminisces about his playing days.

Arsene Wenger the ‘enforcer’ doesn’t really spring to mind when we think of the longest serving manager in the Premier League and how we perceive him now…

“I have been subject to spitting – maybe my tackle wasn’t good enough, but at the time nobody spoke about it.

“You didn’t see it on television then but now when you see it on television then it makes it worse.”

Wenger’s experience of being spat at as a player:

“I could control myself and I applied the sentence myself…”


“We have to accept that there are cameras everywhere and we are spied on basically from morning until night, it is a price we have to pay as we are popular.

“We’re watched all over the world and it gives us some responsibility as well – when you see a little boy watching the game and he asks  ‘Is that (spitting) alright?’ You cannot say ‘Yes.”

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