By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has admitted that his players take multivitamins but nothing more sinister than that.
Former Gunner Paul Merson has been in the news this week after claiming that he took unknown substances and was injected with a "yellowy product" during his short spell under Wenger at Highbury in 1996/97.
The Frenchman addressed the matter at his pre-match press conference and brushed aside any suggestions that he or Arsenal had acted illegally.
"I cannot take that comment [from Merson] seriously," said Wenger.
"I don't know how many players have played here over 15 years, 200 maybe, and some of them stayed for ten years. Paul Merson stayed with me for four months, so I think it is better you ask people who have played for five, six, seven, eight, nine years here how we behave medically.
"I personally give them nothing. If they don't want to take anything, they take nothing. If you find one player who I asked to take something, bring him here in front of me.
"If we give them something, it is multivitamins, magnesium, calcium or vitamin C like everybody else. Every year we have at least 20 doping controls. In 15 years we have not had one positive control. You think, really, I try to dope?
"If you find one player who I asked to take an injection to play one game, no matter how big the game was, I would resign tomorrow morning.
"It is absolutely ridiculous to put any suspicion on the way we treat the players and respect the players' health."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source