Football: Wenger warns smoking Wilshere over damaged reputation

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (above) in training at Arsenal's London Colney training ground on Sept 30, 2013. Wilshere faced a dressing down from his manager on Friday, Oct 4, 2013, with Arsene Wenger saying the player had damaged his reputation by being
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (above) in training at Arsenal's London Colney training ground on Sept 30, 2013. Wilshere faced a dressing down from his manager on Friday, Oct 4, 2013, with Arsene Wenger saying the player had damaged his reputation by being photographed smoking on a night out. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere faced a dressing down from his manager on Friday with Arsene Wenger saying the player had damaged his reputation by being photographed smoking on a night out.

"When you are a football player, you are an example and... you don't do what damages your health," the Frenchman told a news conference when asked about the newspaper picture. "The fact that you can damage your health at all, you can smoke at home and you can drink at home where nobody sees it but when you go out socially you damage your reputation as an example as well."

He said he had not had a chance to speak to the England international yet but said he would be doing so as attitudes towards smoking had changed so much since his own playing days.

"I've travelled as a football player on coaches after games in France where you didn't see each other - there was so much smoke on the coach, everybody smoked," he added.

"But times have changed... English society is very sensitive to smoking ... so it's a bit more shocking here than it is somewhere else."

Arsenal have enjoyed a flying start to the season and have a two-point lead over Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League table with 15 points from six matches.