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Ex-Arsenal Goalie Reveals Truth Behind Southampton Smoking Incident

by Zablon Ondari
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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed what manager Arsene Wenger said to him after he was caught smoking in the showers after a 2-0 defeat to Southampton.

Speaking about the 2015 incident to the Arsenal Nation podcast, Szczesny said: “Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well. He just didn’t want anybody smoking in the dressing room and I knew that also.

“Because of the emotion of the game, I had a cigarette after the game when the team was still in. I went in a corner of the showers, so it was at the other end of the dressing room and nobody could see me, and I lit one up.

“Somebody saw me and reported to the boss. I saw him a couple of days later, he asked me if that was true and I said, ‘Yes’. He fined me and that was the end of it. He said, ‘Look, you’re going to be out of the team for a little bit’ but there was no big bust-up.”

Former Arsenal boss Wenger then replaced him in the starting line-up with Colombian David Ospina. In his 11 years at Arsenal, Szczesny made 181 appearances.

The Southampton match was the last time he played for Arsenal in the English Premier League. He was loaned out to Roma where his performances earned him a move to reigning league champions Juventus in 2017.

At the international level, Szczesny has earned more than 40 caps for Poland since his debut in 2009, and was included in the nation’s squad as it co-hosted Uefa Euro 2012, also later taking part at Uefa Euro 2016 and the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

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