Arsenal fine Wojciech Szczesny £20,000 for smoking in the showers

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been fined £20,000 by the club after being caught smoking in the showers after a match, according to The Mirror.

Szczesny was reportedly found lighting up immediately after the Gunners slipped to a disappointing 2-0 to Southampton, a match in which the Pole was directly at fault for at least one if not both the goals Arsenal conceded.

The Polish stopper was left in favour of David Ospina for Arsenal's FA Cup clash with Hull City, there now has to be a huge question mark over Szczesny will return for Premier League action against Stoke City this weekend.

Wenger has a massive decision to make

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger refused to make comments on Szczesny's performance int the immediate aftermath of his play at St Mary's, with hindsight it's now easy to see why.

Wenger has shown tremendous faith in the 24-year-old over the last 18 months, but there now has to be serious questions asked over whether its time to give summer signing Ospina a prolonged run in the first team.

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Smoking gun a headache Wenger could do without

Mirror Sport's revelation is yet another distraction Wenger could do without, but not one he's unfamiliar with. Current Arsenal star Jack Wilshere and former Gunners captain William Gallas were both caught smoking on nights out while under Wenger's guidance, while the Frenchman was once fond of a touchline cigarette during his early days as Monaco boss.

Szczesny's misdemeanor is part of a wider problem for Wenger though, another case of a young star simply not meeting the challenge of representing Arsenal in the right way on and off the field.

Ospina could well find himself starting in the Premier League for the first time against Stoke as a result, with Szczesny's decision to smoke before even leaving the dressing room at Southampton meaning if he can have little complaint if forced to spend some serious time on the subs bench.

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