By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is "not interested" in the off-field problems of John Terry.
The Chelsea defender has been front-page and back-page news this week in the wake of revelations about his private life and he is due to meet England manager Fabio Capello on Friday to discuss his future as national team captain.
With a trip to Chelsea looming and the column inches Terry has commanded this week, it was inevitable that Wenger would be asked for his opinion on the saga at his pre-match press conference.
"I do not want to interfere in that story at all," replied the Arsenal manager.
"First of all because we play against Chelsea, and also there has been enough talked about it. I do not know what happened with all that, and am not really interested.
"It is down to [Fabio] Capello to sort it out if there is a problem."
Terry is not the first footballer to stand accused of off-field misdemeanours and is certainly not the first to have lurid revelations about his life splashed across the newspapers.
Wenger understands why the Terry saga has received blanket coverage but he was quick to point out that footballers are not the only ones who make mistakes.
"It never surprises me [what I read about footballers] because the headlines are quite predicable," he said.

"It must provoke an interest for people because if a newspaper writes, it is because people read it and there must be a demand for it.

"But I am interested in football more, what is happening on the pitch, a good pass, good vision, a good team spirit. If people like to read it [scandal], why not? But I am not a big fan of that.

"I believe more than footballers, human beings cross the line [too], and many of us do. Who has not done that in life? We have all made mistakes."

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5 Feb 2010