Arsene Wenger has blamed Arsenal for Manchester United new signing Alexis Sanchez’s having missed a drugs test on Monday, but has insisted the club has nothing to hide.
The Chile international who has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with United, had fell foul of the Football Association’s “whereabouts” rule by not being present, as he finalised his transfer to Manchester United.
The rules state that clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times. Both Manchester United and the FA have declined to comment.
Wenger said at his Friday press conference: ‘On Monday there was a lot going on and it was a special day for Alexis Sanchez. You have to do paperwork, you have to travel. Is he still our player on Monday or not?
‘You don’t know, negotiations are going on. It is a special event for him to miss a drugs test because he was certainly busy somewhere else with his agent. Although he’s been tested so many times here, it is no worry for me that he has any doping problem. It was just a bad day for him to be tested.
‘Honestly, on the administration side, certainly it will still be our responsibility. On the day he had not moved so maybe it will be down to us. It will be our responsibility.
‘I’m quite relaxed because we have nothing to hide here. We always try our best to co-operate with doping control.
‘I’ve always pushed for football to do more against doping. So I don’t see why we should not cooperate. We try our best. But this was a special day.
‘I hope yes. The most important is that the intention is right. The intention of Alexis was certainly not to hide. Nor was our intention to hide anything. We have nothing to hide.’
The mix-up is not expected to prevent Sanchez, who was announced in Mourinho’s starting XI from making his United debut in tonight’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Yeovil.