Jack Wilshere - caught smoking outside a nightclub in a picture leaked on Twitter - has revealed the extent to which the picture has influenced his standing in the dressing room - even the physio is giving him grief!
The Arsenal midfielder accepted the incident as an error of judgement after his advisor initially claimed the snap was part of a prank.
The 21-year-old has since spoken to manager Arsene Wenger and has accepted it was the wrong thing to do.
"It was a mistake," said Wilshere in the Independent. "I am not just a footballer. I am a top athlete.
"I am not a smoker. I don't smoke 10 a day as some have been saying."
England star Wilshere responded to criticisms he wasn't focussed on football with an equaliser in Arsenal's draw at West Brom, though even his goal didn't cease the dressing room banter:
"It is non-stop. After the game on Sunday the physio, Colin Lewin, said 'you smoked that shot'. When I am getting angry in training they say 'calm down, have a fag.
"We move on eventually but everyone is going to make a joke of it and that's fine."
And the smoking-related banter doesn't end there for Wilshere.
In response to the midfielder's goal against West Brom on Sunday the travelling Arsenal fans chanted 'he smokes when he wants'.
The midfielder took to Twitter after the game to give his thoughts on the chant, tweeting:
"Love the new song for me today! Haha fans were incredible again! Good point nice to get a goal hopefully a few more to come! #Gooners"
But after scoring his first goal for three years, Wilshere would ideally have the fans sing a different song:
"I would prefer them to change it to 'he scores when he wants'.
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