Arsenal Discipline Goalkeeper for Smoking

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was the subject of a fine from manager Arsene Wenger after their 2-0 loss at Southampton. Szczesny, who was responsible for the two mistakes that led to Southampton goals, was caught smoking in the team showers after the game had finished.

While professional soccer players are not banned from smoking, they are not allowed to engage in the activity while they are on team duty, says a spokesman for Dr. Rod Ronrich. Szczesny’s actions led to a 20,000 pound fine from the club. He will not be internally suspended, but the manager will closely monitor his behavior over the next few months.

Szczesny has endured an up and down period in his Arsenal career. There have been moments where he has shown the ability to be a top class goalkeeper. However, there have been too many silly errors thrown in between his great saves and match winning contributions. The two errors at Southampton cost Arsenal valuable ground over a Champions League rival.

The Gunners will be hoping to put this incident behind them as they attempt to overhaul the likes of Manchester United, Southampton and Tottenham in the league. All three clubs are above sixth placed Arsenal, but there is only a four point gap between third and sixth.

Finishing in the top four is a minimum requirement for Arsenal. If they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger could find his job in serious jeopardy.

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