Arsene Wenger has brushed off Wojciech Sczcesny’s smoking incident in the shower as a ‘mistake’, and suggested it is not as big of a deal as people are making it out to be.
The 24-year-old shot stopper suffered plenty of criticism after the dreadful 2-0 loss to Southampton where he was at fault for both goals, and consequently lit up in the shower of all places. Bizarre.
He was obviously caught and has since been fined a hefty £20,000. What was going through the players mind is anybodies guess but Wenger is downplaying it as much as possible and dealing with the issue internally.
Wenger was asked by the media in his pre-match press conference today on his thoughts on players smoking, he responded:
I don’t need to make a big fuss of that. Every club has its internal discipline and rules. It doesn’t necessarily need to be public.
[Szczesny] is a serious boy who works very hard and he doesn’t need that. He made a mistake, he is not the first one and not the last one
The fact of the matter is Szczesny is not a boy, it is no longer an excuse and he needs to grow up if he wants to remain the clubs number one and realize his immense potential.
It’s not the fact that it is ‘just one cigarette’ but rather the lack of respect for authority and the rules of both Southampton and Arsenal. He’s not allowed to be smoking anywhere in the ground let alone in the away team’s changing quarters. It is a strange situation and something that will hopefully not happen again.
We need Sczcesny against Stoke City this weekend so let’s hope he pulls his head in. He is still the clubs best goalkeeper and proved his calibre last season when he jointly claimed the Golden Glove with Chelsea’s Petr Cech. Bar some of his irrational over eagerness, he is a very good goalkeeper and will iron out the creases as time goes by.
Ospina certainly deserves a chance but against the meatheads of Stoke City where his height is a disadvantage? Szczesny is the obvious selection for me.
Do you agree Gooners?