Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dropped keeper Wojciech Szczęsny for today’s visit of Stoke. The Polish international had been involved in controversy earlier in the week as images emerged of Szczesny smoking.
The Arsenal No.1 publicly apologised for the incident, and while Arsene Wenger has yet to explain his reasons for dropping Szczesny, it would seem that the Frenchman did not deem the shame as punishment enough.
The Arsenal manager told BBC Sport:
“He made a mistake, he is not the first one or the last one. I like Wojciech as a person and when he makes a mistake he stands up for it.”
“I think he has contributed a lot to the good image of Arsenal and he learns from his mistakes,” Wenger added. “Of course he has apologised. He is a serious boy who works very hard, he doesn’t need all that.”
Columbian international David Ospina starts in Szczesny’s place, with the keeper being signed last summer to provide competition for the Pole.
— OlaonipekunOluwafemi (@Zealot99) January 11, 2015
Wojciech Szczesny dropped for smoking or because he's not a very good goalkeeper?
— Zarif Rasul (@zarifrasul) January 11, 2015
— Aboo Baraxite (@aboobarazite) January 11, 2015