Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was caught smoking in the showers following defeat to Southampton.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has issued an ultimatum to his players after first team goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was caught smoking in the showers following the recent Premier League defeat to Southampton, report the Times, with the Frenchman informing his squad that anyone caught lighting up on club duty in the future would be demoted to the youth team for the remainder of the season.
Wenger has, however, assured Szczesny that the matter is now in the past, following a £20,000 fine for the Polish international’s actions, and that it will not be held against him when it comes to first team selection, meaning that Szczesny is expected to regain his place from David Ospina for the weekend Premier League clash against Stoke City.
The report suggests that the majority of the Gunners’ squad have welcomed the actions of Wenger in instilling an additional sense of discipline in his side, with some senior players reportedly feeling that their manager has not been tough enough on some players for perceived lapses in discipline.
Szczesny is not the first player to hit the headlines for smoking, with midfielder Jack Wilshere twice having been pictured puffing in the press – although neither of these occasions were when the England international was on club duty.