Last Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:28
Jack Wilshere has reiterated his stance against smoking after being pictured with a cigarette and receiving a warning Arsene Wenger.
Wilshere was photographed with a cigarette outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning as players wound down following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Napoli earlier in the week, when the 21-year-old had started on the bench.
Wenger, whose side head to West Brom on Sunday looking to maintain their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League, spoke out against the health issues of smoking in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning, where he insisted he would to take up the issue directly with the player.
Wilshere's representatives maintained the player was taking part in a "prank" where he agreed to hold the cigarette as part of a "dare", stressing he was "utterly committed to fitness and a healthy lifestyle".
The England international himself responded on Friday afternoon by posting a photograph on his official Twitter feed of France World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane smoking, which he then followed it up with a post of "But for the record....I don't smoke!"
Wenger will have left the player in no doubt as to his future conduct.
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