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Arsenal’s Smoking Jack Wilshere Relights The Spirit Of 1966

by | 15th, July 2014

ARSENAL’S Jack Wilshere has been spotted smoking …again.

That is Manchester City’s Joe Hart in the Las Vegas bubble bath. And just out of shot it James Milner.


The first time Wilshere was spotted having a crafty fag, Arsene Wenger, his Arsenal manager, opined:

“You can damage your health at home, you can drink at home, you can smoke at home and nobody sees it. But when you go out socially, you can damage your reputation as an example.”

For sure. Smoking is not a health option; not even the sugary isotonic sort or the full-fat version peddled by Gary Lineker.

Neil Ashton is appalled, writing in the Mail :

The images of Germany celebrating their fourth World Cup triumph in the Maracana Stadium on Sunday evening will live long in the memory. Sadly, so too will the pictures of Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere tearing it up in Las Vegas after England’s latest tournament humiliation.

In year to come, we will all remember where we were when we saw Wilshere in a jacuzzi. But granted, Wilshere and Hart pratting about in Vegas is more entertaining that Wilshere and Hart pratting about against Costa Rica.

Ashton calls the pictures “alarming”. They might even be be as alarming as these photos of smoking footballers .

Or more alarming than a newspaper  perving at underage kids ?

Ashton of the Mail doesn’t say. But he notes:

The two players have been in Las Vegas partying with friends before they return to Manchester City and Arsenal for pre-season training. It is not becoming of England internationals.

The unbecoming photos were taken by a paparazzo with a long lens. Anorak readers will recalls the Mail’s vow to never buy such photos . But they do. And it’s not just racy shots of other people’s kids the Mail trades in. You get photos of grown men engaging in legal drinking, too.


Ashton adds that the “ill-disciplined and ill-advised” behaviour is linked to England’s failure on the pitch. Ashton says the German players would never do such like. Unless they do .


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