Wilshere says sorry and vows to prove himself at Arsenal

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The fact that Jack Wilshere returned to pre-season training with Arsenal a few days early was a good start. But the England international is well aware that he must do more than that. The 22-year old was caught on camera smoking a cigarette for the second time recently and although I do not think it [.

Is media attention from England affecting Wilshere’s Arsenal career?

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Wilshere can't keep out of the spotlight! by Ash Jack Wilshere has always been a character both on and off the pitch for Arsenal, but more recently it's with the England national team that has been putting the talented midfielder in and amongst the headlines, sadly for all the wrong reasons. Wilshere has always been [.

Arsene Wenger criticises Arsenal star Jack Wilshere for smoking

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Jack Wilshere caught smoking Djourou Unchained (@FormidableTH14) October 4, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised midfielder Jack Wilshere after he was photographed smoking. The England international was seen puffing on a cigarette outside a London club in the early hours of Thursday morning.

2012-07-29: More Offseason Thoughts

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Delusions / Illusions of Grandeur
What about you David Moyes? What are you smoking?
Liverpool owner John W. Henry famously tweeted 'What do you think they're smoking over there at the Emirates?' over Arsenal's 40,000,001 GBP bid for Luis Suarez.

Arshavin: Midfielder. Quote Machine. Promoter of Equal Sexes.

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The first one's true because Arsenal's official site says so. The second is true for reasons you'll find out soon enough. The third....well, that's just a complete lie. Different strokes for different cultures, obviously, but let's just say Andrey hasn't exactly done himself any favors endearing to the portion of the Gunner fanbase wielding XX chromosomes.

Photo of the Day: William Gallas + Cigarette

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So here it is: the infamous photo of William Gallas. With a cigarette. But not smoking. Yet. As published in the Daily Mail. When this story broke I remember saying "there's only one thing you can do with an unlit cigarette. And that's to light it." But call me gullible, part of me is now willing [.

Wenger backs Gallas after Arsenal captain photographed with cigarette -- Guardian Headline

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Football's come a long way. Guiseppe Meazza was the only player in the Italy squad permitted to smoke, because he was that good. Matthias Sindelar smoked and cavorted with prostitutes during his playing days, yet still managed to beat defenders for fun.

Gallas, I can say without too much controversy, is not and never will be the same class of player as the above.

Arsenal’s William Gallas Adds Cigarettes to His Injury Recovery Program

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Uh-oh, Arsenal captain William Gallas is in trouble. Seems he was pictured leaving a nightclub on Thursday morning with a cigarette in his mouth (no pictures online, yet). The cigarette was unlit, but I'm not sure that gets him out of trouble. Mostly because there's only one thing you can do with an unlit cigarette.


Fabio Coentrao: When smoking is not just smoking

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Not cool, Fabio!

Jose Mourinho got all exercised after Fabio Coentrao was seen exiting a restaurant with Cristiano Ronaldo smoking a cigarette. He dropped the Portugese wingback from Real Madrid's squad who face Villareal today. A funny thing. Players can drink, have a beer or three, get into drunken brawls and hurt someone.

Transcending culture: On FC Barcelona's campaign against smoking

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By Eric Beard

A newspaper, a café con leche or an espresso, a café, and a cigarette. Maybe a croissant as well. It's the stereotypical Spanish breakfast. Substitute a few tapas for the croissant and you more or less have lunch covered as well. But on the 1st of January, 2011, a newly enforced law in Spain interrupted the daily routine of millions.

Footballers Who Smoke

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Smoking is cool. Here are some footballers rocking nicotine chic. With a couple of notable exceptions...

Being a bad-ass, of course Man City's new signing Mario Balotelli smokes. Indoors. With fit women.

Slaven Bilic rocking a Marlboro. Not strictly a player anymore, but still cool.

Rooney Caught Having a Fag on His Honeymoon

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You may have noticed the almost total lack of attention we've paid to Wayne Rooney's marriage. Basically, we've been focused on Euro 2008 and he, well, hasn't. But a surprising bit of news caught our attention today: Wayne Rooney has been smoking on his honeymoon. And now that there's photo evidence, it's not like Rooney can [.

The Rest

Impact Stub: Bayern Munich’s New Sporting Director Has Banned Carlo Ancelotti From Smoking On The Job

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Bayern Munich recently appointed Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director and the former Champions League-winning midfielder's first order of business was a decidedly risky one.

In an effort to promote a more wholesome, healthy image, Salihamidzic approached head coach Carlo Ancelotti and asked him to stop smoking on club premises, be that sneaking out for a ciggie during training sessions or enjoying a crafty bifter round the back of the bins at the Allianz Arena on matchdays.

Video Footage of Arsene Wenger Smoking in the Dug-Out When Manager of Monaco

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Attacking Soccer.

Arsene Wenger wasn't always whiter than white, back in his Monaco days he smoked regularly while in the dug-out , though he did admit the English public are more sensitive to smoking than on the Continent when Jack Wilshere was caught smoking in public just over a year ago.

Know Your Enemy: Colorado Rapids

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No shadows from the starlight here.

OTF's Stephen Mangat is softer than a lullaby...

John Denver once sang about seeing fire rain down in theColorado Rocky Mountains, and with the Chicago Fire playing at the Colorado Rapids in a midweeker, I'm sure Fire fans are hoping that Denver's words are prophetic.

Quit smoking with Barça

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01.03.2013 - Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Víctor Valdés y Xavi te hablan vía celular dejandote los consejos a seguir para dejar de fumar y mejorar tu estilo de vida: es la campaña Quit smoking with Barça (Dejá de fumar con el Barça).
Luego de inscribirse al programa, el fumador responde un breve cuestionario según el cual iCoach (un entrenador personal en línea) baja las sugerencias para cada caso.

Daily Dose: August 25th, 2010.

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Along with today's links, a video from our friends at TalkSPORT, showing that chairman Randy Lerner may be the real reason why the Villa job is so hard to fill ... (asterisked vulgarity, so maybe a little NSFW):

  • Paolo Bandini previews the Serie A season. (Guardian)
  • Football with a bit more meaning.

Footballers don’t smoke, so why do we?

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In the last few years smokers have become more and more marginalised, as their habit has been recognised as an unsociable poison in the atmosphere. They have been forced to smoke away from workplaces and clubs, and are often seen huddled together outside on the pavement outside pubs, usually freezing to death which can't be [.

12 Days of Football Christmas #11

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

11 Players 'Piping'

Smoking related player names

Matt Piper [Southampton]
Ashley Cole [Chelsea]
Nicky Butt [Manchester United]
Alan Stubbs [Everton]
Craig Fagan [Derby]
Dmitar Berbatov [Tottenham Hotspur]
Paul Benson [Dagenham & Redbridge]
Ian Hedges [Forest Green]
Paul Lambert [Celtic]
Thomas Butler [Swansea City]
Russell Coughlin [Torquay]