Arsene Wenger Smoked on the Bench When He Was a Coach at Monaco

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterDecember 15, 2014

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Arsenal drew Monaco in the Champions League last-16 draw, which means Arsene Wenger will return to the club he took charge of from 1987 to 1994. 

It was a different time back then, not least because Wenger used to be able to smoke on the bench!

The above footage, via 888sport's Twitter account, shows the current Arsenal manager having a puff during a game.

Back in 2008, Wenger told the Arsenal website he was against smoking but admitted he had dabbled with cigarettes in the past. 

Smoking has both a physical and moral impact [on a player].

But there is smoking and then there is smoking. You did get players who'd smoke 40 cigarettes a day but now it is much less.

When I was a player, nobody would ever tell you that you should not smoke. We were driving home in coaches where you had to open the windows in winter to see each other.

I never smoked a lot and never when I played. But when I became a young coach I had an assistant who smoked and, at 3am in the morning when you have lost a big game, I might have one.

Wenger won a title and a French Cup during his spell at Monaco and also worked with former England internationals Mark Hateley and Glenn Hoddle.

[Twitter: @888sport]

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