It's official. Wojciech Szczesny has been dropped from AS Roma's first-team after three months as their No.1. To be honest, we're surprised he has lasted this long.
Not for the first time, it was the Pole's off-field behaviour that saw him sitting on the sidelines for last weekend's match against Atalanta, according to Gazzetta World.
They claim Rudi Garcia decided to drop Szczesny after he was caught smoking in the aftermath of Roma's defeat to an insatiable Barcelona side earlier this week. Szczesny let six goals slide past him in that game and may have thought some creature comforts would help ease the pain.
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Garcia has denied the accusation, but rumours are continuing unabated after the French manager decided to start Morgan De Sanctis in Roma's latest Serie A match. Szczesny had started ten consecutive games for Roma prior to last weekend.
“De Sanctis and Szczesny are on the same level,” Garcia told reporters. “There is no number one starter. Szczesny hasn’t done anything wrong and he isn’t responsible for anything.”
Bad boy reputation
But Szczesny's reputation appears to be taking priority over Garcia's word. Arsenal fans will not need reminding of a very similar situation that saw the controversial shot-stopper fined £20,000 and dropped from Arsenal's first XI in favour of David Ospina.
The 25-year-old was caught smoking in the away dressing room shower following a 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year's Day. One can imagine that Arsene Wenger decided he was in need of a new goalkeeper soon after.
Despite losing his place in the squad, Szczesny was then photographed smoking again whilst wearing a silly hat and hanging out with friends in June. It only led to further questions regarding his commitment and few Arsenal fans were left upset when they saw him depart for Roma.
Even fewer will moan if he doesn't come back.