Arsene Wenger: If you smoke you're playing in the reserves

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his players that, should they be caught smoking, they will be playing in the club's reserves until the end of the season the Times has revealed.

The latest smoking related incident at the Gunners comes after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was caught puffing in the showers after his side's 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

The Arsenal goalkeeper was arguably at fault for both of the goals and hasn't helped himself by treating himself to a post-match fag in the St Mary's changing rooms.

Polish goalkeeper Szczesny was fined £20,000 for the incident.

Szczesny may be punished further this weekend as Wenger may be forced to drop the Pole due to the smoking incident adding to recent bad form.

David Ospina's appearances in goal was planned for the FA Cup visit of Hull City but he may find himself starting again this weekend when Arsenal face Mark Hughes' Stoke side at the Emirates.

Szczesny's predicament wasn't helped by his father's comments who, in an attempt to defend his son, compared German defender Per Metesacker to a rhino.

This is the second incident of smoking in recent times at Arsenal.

English midfielder Jack Wilshere had previously smoked whilst on holiday in July but it appears that this time Wenger has had enough and has given the final warning to his Arsenal side.

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