By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists there is no “deep problem” with the culture of English footballers.

The topic of young men behaving badly has been back on the agenda this week since Ashley Cole accidentally shot an intern after allegedly taking an air rifle to the Chelsea training ground.

Wenger was asked for his thoughts on the wider issue of off-field behaviour at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The Frenchman tried to offer some perspective.

“I must say I’m not concerned,” he said.

“First of all, at our club we have little problems like with any boys 20 to 25 years old. But overall they behave remarkably focused, I am very proud to be their manager.

“I believe if you take 500 young bankers, 500 young journalists between 20 to 30 you will find as much, if not much more.

“The problem is that we are in the public eye and if any small things happen, it’s in the newspapers. You have to deal with that. But I don’t think there is a basic, deep problem in English football on the attitude.”

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4 Mar 2011