Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has claimed that Kolo Toure’s failed drugs test was due to the player taking a diet pill belonging to his wife.
It emerged yesterday that the Manchester City defender had failed a drug’s test after returning a positive ‘A’ sample to the FA and he was immediately suspended by his club as they moved swiftly to make their own investigations.
However, Wenger, who Toure played under at Arsenal for seven years before his 2009 switch to Eastlands, has spoken to his former player since the news broke, and has revealed the cause at his press conference on Friday.
“He wants to control his weight a little bit because that’s where he has some problems and he took the product off his wife,” said the Arsenal boss.
The Gunners boss, whose side face Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow, also offered a staunch defence of the Ivorian defender.
“I think it is a mistake,” Wenger added.
“He was not cautious enough. I don’t think there’s a desire there to do something wrong and hide it.
“It is a complete surprise because I had Kolo Toure here for years, I brought him here. He is a boy who has a clean life.
“He’s very honest living, always at home, a family man, and I don’t suspect him at all to have taken drugs to enhance his performances.
“I just think it is a mistake by forgetting to ask, ‘Can I take that?’.”