By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has shed new light on the topic gripping English football - the wearing of snoods.

The Arsenal manager insists his players only wear the neck-warmers to help with injury prevention.

Amid the recent freezing conditions across the country numerous Premier League stars have been sporting the woolly accessories including Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh.

The garments have received mixed reviews from managers, players and fans alike but, far from being a mere fashion accessory, Wenger says the snoods were suggested by the medical staff at the Club.

“I get advice from the medical team,” said the manager. “We had some players with neck problems before the Aston Villa game, Nasri and Chamakh.

“That’s why we decided to let them wear them because they had some medical issues.”

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