Szczesny was caught following his dismal display in the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Southampton recently.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dished out a £20,000 fine to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after the Polish international was caught smoking in the showers following his side’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, a game in which Szczesny had been at fault for both goals, according to reports from the Mirror.
Wenger is reported to have been furious after his goalkeeper was caught lighting up following the defeat, with the Frenchman’s mood already darkened by Szczesny’s calamitous display as his side were comfortably beaten by Ronald Koeman’s high flying Saints, in a blow to their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Szczesny is not the first Gunners to be caught smoking in recent years, with midfielder Jack Wilshere and former captain William Gallas both having been pictured with a cigarette on lights out – earning them each a reprimand from their manager.
The goalkeeper’s misdemeanor is likely to be seen as worse as it was directly after a game, however, and Wenger acted swiftly by dropping Szczesny for the FA Cup tie against Hull City at the Emirates Stadium – it remains to be seen whether he will regain his place for the Premier League clash with Stoke City.