Former Manchester United star, Paul Scholes, has insisted it’s not the end of the world that Jack Wilshere was caught smoking in off-season.
Scholes has criticised Wilshere in the past for not improving since he was 17 and believes the 22-year-old should get more support from Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, when such incidents appear.
"I was disappointed he wasn't being helped by his club, by his manager or his assistant manager,” Scholes said.
"As an English midfield player I just want him to do better. I know he has had a nightmare with those ankles, but I played against him when he was 17 and I just thought 'Jesus'."
Scholes played down Wilshere’s smoking incident and revealed some of his former Manchester United teammates would smoke before training sessions.
"What Jack gets up to in the summer is up to him. He had a smoke, but it's not the end of the world,” he added.
"At United the laundry room used to be full of smoke in the mornings because Laurent Blanc and Fabien Barthez wouldn't start training until they had a cigarette.
"I've known foreign players have a glass of wine or a beer the night before a game.
"I have never smoked, but when there was a chance to go out with my wife or my friends then I would take it.
"I was brought up going to the pub on Saturday and Sunday afternoon with my mum and dad.
"When I became a first-team player I realised when I was 19 or 20 that I would have to be more professional."
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