Arsene Wenger Reveals Wojciech Szczesny Has Apologised For The Smoking Shame That Landed Him A 20k Fine
Arsene Wenger reveals Wojciech Szczesny has apologised for the smoking shame that landed him a £20k fine
Arsene Wenger today revealed Wojciech Szczesny has apologised after his smoking shame.
Szczesny is sweating on his Arsenal place for Sunday’s game with Stoke after being fined £20,000 for being caught smoking in the showers at Southampton on New Year’s Day.
When asked whether Szczesny had apologised, Gunners boss Wenger said: “Yes, of course. He made a mistake, he is not the first one and not the last one.
“I don’t want to talk (more) about that because what happens in our dressing room stays in our dressing room. Apart from the fact that it doesn’t stay in there!”
But Wenger insisted he has not made up his mind on whether to play Szczesny – or give David Ospina a chance after Szczesny’s cigarette own goal.
“I haven’t selected the first 11 yet,” said Wenger who was also asked whether he would take Szczesny’s behaviour into account. “I take everything into account.”
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Wenger also gave a cutting response to Szczesny’s father Maciej’s comments defending his son as he blamed Arsenal’s “embarrassing” defence and Per Mertesacker who he compared to a rhino.
“I don’t listen to the fathers and the mothers and the grandfathers and the grandmothers,” laughed Wenger.
Wenger, who will have Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini back in the squad, will be without Danny Welbeck who is still injured but is preparing to loan Yaya Sanogo – with Hull the latest club to show an interest – and Lukas Podolski has gone to Inter Milan.
Podolski went with a parting shot at Wenger as he accused the Frenchman of a “lack of respect” for not saying goodbye to him, although he insists the World Cup winner could yet return.
But Wenger added: “I deny completely [that I didn’t say goodbye]. I had many conversations with him about going out on loan, and don’t forget that he had my agreement to go out on loan and without my agreement, he would not be out on loan. I deny that completely.
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He didn’t get enough opportunities to play. Because I knew that, I gave him an opportunity to go. Why? Because we have many players who can play in these positions and at the end of the day only 11 can start.
“When a player of his quality doesn’t get enough games, at some stage too much competition is detrimental to the confidence of the players and their positivity. You need the right number and we had too many players in this area. It’s nothing to do with his quality, it’s just down to the fact that we had too many players in the same area.
“It’s just a loan without an option to buy, so that means he’s back at the end of the season.”
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On transfers, Wenger admitted Sanogo could go out on loan to Hull while he played down the chance of signing Loic Perrin, Gabriel Paulista and also played down the chances of Kristian Bielik.
Wenger, who insisted Joel Campbell is staying, said: “Hull is one of the opportunities (for Sanogo), they have not positioned at the moment with us. I spoke with Steve last week, he is interested but he has not come back to me about Yaya.
“We are not on the case (on Perrin). We are not on the case (on Paulista), we keep all that as quiet as possible.
“He (Bielik) is a young boy that we follow, yes. You see I gave you some information! We are not very close at the moment [to an agreement].”
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