Wojciech Szczesny hit with massive fine for smoking in the showers after Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton 5 years ago

Wojciech Szczesny hit with massive fine for smoking in the showers after Arsenal’s defeat to Southampton

That was one expensive cigarette.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny isn’t having the best of starts to 2015 but he only has himself to blame.

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After he was at fault for both of Southampton’s goals in the 2-0 defeat to the Saints on New Year’s Day, it has emerged that the Polish netminder copped a £20,000 fine for smoking in the showers after the game at St. Mary’s.

Widespread reports this morning suggest that Szczesny was hit with the fine and forced to apologise for his behaviour before David Ospina took his place in goal for the Gunners’ FA Cup victory over Hull City on Sunday.

The decision to play Ospina in the FA Cup was one that Arsene Wenger was always likely to take, but in light of this news and Szczesny’s indifferent form of late, there’s a chance that he could be left out of the Arsenal side to face Stoke in the Premier League at the weekend.

Szczesny is not the first Arsenal player to receive a rap on the knuckles for smoking; Jack Wilshere was famously the target of his manager’s ire after being spotted smoking while on holiday during the summer, while William Gallas was also criticised for having a puff while he was at the Gunners.

After all, you wouldn’t catch Wenger himself indulging in that type of behaviour, isn’t that right Arsene?