The Arsenal manager made the shocking claim when discussing the nature of injuries in his weekly press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Everton.
Wenger, who revolutionised the English game when importing new fitness and preparatory methods following his arrival at Arsenal in 1996, says some players are leaving themselves open to problems if they use products to reverse the process of balding.
And according to the Gunners boss, vanity could lead to injury.
Perhaps this explains Sir Bobby Charlton’s longevity, as the Manchester United legend always displayed his balding pate with pride…
“Some (absences) are down to the medication that they take that you don’t even know about,” said Wenger.
“Then you realise afterwards they took this medication, but that’s not prudent. The liver doesn’t work as well, toxins don’t leave the body as quickly as they should and they get tired.
“If you lose your hair, and if you’ve taken something to make your hair grow, it might not be good, especially for the rest of your body.”
In March 2011, it was Wenger who revealed that his former defender Kolo Toure had failed a drugs test at Manchester City after taking a diet tablet belonging to his wife.
Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil, Jack Wilshere and defender Laurent Koscielny have all been sidelined with injuries, effectively decimating the Arsenal F.C. team sheet and leaving Wenger with restricted choices for selection as he attempts to steer his team to at least a fourth-place Premier League finish.
“Some of them are down to the medication that the players take that you don’t even know about,” Wenger said Friday, explaining why he last month ordered a team investigation into the causes of the Arsenal F.C. injury outbreak. “Then you realize afterwards that they took this medication but that’s not prudent.”
Asked what type of medication he is specifically referring to, the Arsenal F.C. manager named treatments for male pattern baldness as a possible culprit.
“If you lose your hair and you’ve taken something to make your hair grow, it might not be good, especially for the rest of your body,” Wenger explained. “Medication always pushes a part of your body and is sometimes detrimental to other parts of your body.”
Some medications place a burden on liver functions, he said, meaning, “toxins don’t leave the body as quickly as they should and they (i.e. players) get tired.”
Whether it was due to Rogaine overdoses or something else, Arsenal F.C. took a one-sided 3-0 beating at Everton Sunday, as upstart Toffees manager Roberto Martinez consistently outmaneuvered Wenger and his Arsenal F.C. side, while Arsenal players often appeared listless.