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Arsène Wenger gives Twitter stamp of approval

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is happy for Arsenal players to carry on using Twitter, but warns that they must do so in a constructive manner.

The social networking website was in the news last week after Jack Wilshere vented his anger at referee Phil Dowd on Twitter following his side's 4-4 draw with Newcastle United.

The 19-year-old later took the comment down and after looking into the matter the Football Association decided not to punish the midfielder.

Twitter is increasingly prominent in the media and Arsenal have a number of tweeters in the squad, including Cesc Fàbregas, Samir Nasri, Wojciech Szczęsny, Bacary Sagna and Robin van Persie.

"I don't believe you can stop the players using it because everyone has the freedom to press his point," Wenger told a press conference.

"You want it to be intelligent in a good way, in a positive way. The players can get closer to the fans and that is one of the positive aspects of it."

Former Liverpool player Ryan Babel was fined £10,000 by the FA in January after posting a mocked-up photo of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt.

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