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Wenger welcomes blood tests in football

Arsenal's manager has said that current drug testing in football is not strict enough to catch doping cheats, and would welcome blood testing in the sport.

The Arsenal manager speaking at a press conference yesterday

"Honestly, I don't think we do enough, because it is very difficult for me to believe that you have 740 players in the World Cup and you come out with zero problems," said Wenger.

"Mathematically that happens every time, but statistically, even for social drugs, it looks like we could do better and go deeper."

Wenger continued: "When you have a doping control at UEFA, they do not take blood, they take only urine. I have asked many times (at UEFA meetings) in Geneva (for that to be changed).

"Sometimes you have to wait for two hours after the game, so blood could be a lot quicker. We could go much deeper into control.

The Lance Armstrong case and revelations about the widespread use of doping in Australian sport has, again, brought doping in sport back to the top of the agenda.

Despite his support for the idea, the Arsenal boss thinks implementing testing may cause problems.

"I would support it. UEFA is ready to do it, but it poses some ethical problems because everyone has to accept that they will check the blood and not everybody is ready to do that."

Chelsea without captain Terry for Wigan clash

Captain John Terry is out of Chelsea's Barclays Premier League clash with Wigan tomorrow after suffering inflammation of his knee.

John Terry in action recently for Chelsea in the FA Cup Credit: PA

They have already had to deal without their central defender for two months of the season after he picked another knee injury when he collided with Luis Suarez.

The are expected to welcome back goalkeeper Petr Cech and Demba Ba after lay-offs.

Eden Hazard is also available for selection after he was sent off for his bizarre altercation with a Swansea ball boy last month.


Tottenham wait on Adebayor fitness test

Spurs will have to wait on the results of a late fitness test before deciding if they can use Emmanuel Adebayor's services to ease their striking problems.

Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor (left) celebrates with team-mate Kyle Naughton after scoring his side's second goal of the game Credit: PA

The Togoan international could slot straight back in to the starting line-up for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle at White Hart Lane.

He has been at the African Nations Cup for almost a month, but manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes he will come through today's training session as his only other recognised striker Jermain Defoe is out with an ankle injury.

McDermott named manger of the month

Reading manager Brian McDermott Credit: Barclays Premier League

Reading's Brian McDermott was rewarded for his team's great form during the month of January with the prize of manager of the month.

He saw his side win five out of the their seven games, which elevated them out of the relegation zone.

West Ham boss fined over ref comment

Sam Allardyce has been fined £8,000 by the FA. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association for a media comment he made after the Hammers' FA Cup third-round replay against Manchester United.

The 58-year-old was charged for questioning the integrity of officials or implying that they were motivated by bias.


Cole to get 100th cap against Brazil

England Manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Ashley Cole will start tomorrow's game. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will win his 100th England cap when he starts tomorrow's friendly match against Brazil at Wembley. The England Manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Cole will be in his starting line-up.

Cole will become only the 7th English player to reach the milestone behind Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105) and Steven Gerrard (100). However, Hogdson confirmed that Cole would not captain the team.

Brazil come to Barnet

Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari (right) is in charge of the Brazilian team. Credit: ITN

The Brazilian football team has been preparing at Barnet's training ground ahead of the friendly against England tomorrow. The squad includes veteran player Ronaldinho, who helped knock England out of the 2002 World Cup, and Chelsea's midfielder Oscar.

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar alongside World Cup winner Ronaldinho. Credit: ITN
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