Wenger suggests modern players needs to show self control

Rooney's late night drinking session has been the subject of huge scrutiny
Rooney's late night drinking session has been the subject of huge scrutiny

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes modern footballers need to control their behaviour in public, as the row over Wayne Rooney's late night drink in the England team hotel rumbles on.

Wenger was keen not to criticise Rooney directly ahead of his side's trip to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, but he offered some views on the guidelines players are now required to follow.

“I do not want to get involved in the Rooney case at all, because I don’t know really what happened, but I don’t think it is a major problem now in English sport, it has disappeared," stated Wenger.

“At the top level, every player has to know what he can do and what he cannot do," stated the Arsenal boss.

“You have to accept you cannot control the players everywhere. They have to know what has changed. There is a lot of competition inside the club, and if you don’t compete, you don’t play.

“Players just need to follow the instructions of their managers and their coaches. We have all been young, we have not all be angels at 20 or 21.

“But overall I believe it is part of youth to make mistakes and after that analyse it. All the players who make big careers have that quality, a good assessment.

“All the big players make mistakes but afterwards they have a good assessment of the situation and they address it in a positive way.”

When asked whether he felt it was acceptable for players to drink alcohol in their spare time, he offered up this response: “I don’t know. We don’t serve any alcohol at the club."

United boss Jose Mourinho is expected to offer his views on the storm around Rooney when he talks to the media on Friday.