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Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny caught smoking again

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Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny has thrown his future at the club into major doubt after he was caught smoking by The Sun.

The goalkeeper has left London to report for international duty with Poland and was photographed with the cigarette ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.

With Poland clinging on to top spot ahead of Germany, Scotland and Republic of Ireland, the game against Georgia is a must win, but Szczesny appears to be taking it easy.

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Szczesny was a hero in the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, keeping a clean sheet as the Gunners ran out 4-0 winners.

However, his place in the starting XI was anything but certain in the build up to the game.

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Dropping out

The 25-year-old had lost his first-team spot to David Ospina on January 1 after a horror show against Southampton.

After letting two goals slip by, Szczesny angered Arsene Wenger by lighting up in the St Mary's dressing room. He did not play another Premier League game.

He did, however, become the FA Cup goalkeeper and helped the club to victories over Brighton, Middlesbrough, Manchester United, Reading and finally Villa.

On his way out

But despite his heroics, there was a growing sense that Wenger would prepare to sell Szczesny in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Chelsea's Petr Cech and his arrival would surely mean the end for either Szczesny or Ospina.

Szczesny committed his future the Arsenal in the aftermath of the FA Cup triumph, but this latest indiscretion could leave Wenger with little choice.

Game over

Wenger has shown reluctance to publicly criticise players who have enjoyed a cigarette in the past, but this is surely the latest sign that Szczesny has not got the professionalism required to meet his potential.

The Pole has come a long way since he arrived at the club nine-years ago but his development has plateaued. His lack of commitment to healthy living may well be a cause. We're also not a big fan of that hat either.

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