By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger intends to talk to his players about Twitter but he will NOT stop them from using it.
Like most clubs, Arsenal have a number of their squad using the social networking tool to share their thoughts directly with the outside world. The Frenchman believes microblogging can be “useful” but wants to outline ‘best practice’ with the players.
Twitter was in the news this week after Ryan Babel was charged by the FA for comments about the performance of referee Howard Webb in Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Wenger is wary of a similar situation at Arsenal.
“It is a new way of expressing your views,” he told Arsenal.com. “It can be used by the players in a positive way but, in this special case, it was in a negative way. That is detrimental to the club because [Babel] could be suspended. So it raises new questions.
“Personally I’m against banning the players from expressing their views in general. But it has to be in the interests of the Club and not detrimental.
“Of course it can be very useful to a Club as well so we are thinking about [sitting down with the players] and seeing how it can be used in the best way.
“I don’t like to go against progress because usually it’s a lost battle but maybe we have to sit together and see how we can use this in the best possible way.
"The key is to think before you tweet. It's not just about talking to friends. In the on-line world you potentially speak to more than the traditional media world."Copyright 2013 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 13 Jan 2011