posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 07:57 AM
Arsene Wenger suspects some of his overseas stars may have been using performance-enhancing drugs before joining Arsenal.
The Frenchman revealed his concerns that some of his players displayed symptoms consistent with the use of eryhthropoietin (EPO).
"We have had some players come to us at Arsenal from other clubs abroad and their red blood cell count has been abnormally high. That kind of thing
makes you wonder," Wenger claimed in a report published in The Independent.
EPO is a banned drug which increases the oxygen-carrying capability of blood.
Wenger added: "There are clubs who dope their players without the players knowing.
"The club might say that they were being injected with vitamins and the player would not necessarily know that it was something different."
Wenger was speaking at a debate in Brussels on the contribution of football to European integration.