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Former Arsenal and Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny spotted smoking just hours before Euro 2020 draw with Spain

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 Wojciech Szczesny was spotted with a cigarette in his mouth just hours before facing Spain.

The Poland goalkeeper carried a packet of cigarettes in his hand as he left the team’s hotel in Sopot before flying for the Euro 2020 game in Seville.

Wojciech Szczesny was spotted with a cigarette in his hand ahead of Poland vs Spain

Wojciech Szczesny was spotted with a cigarette in his hand ahead of Poland vs SpainCredit: Splash
The goalkeeper popped one ciggy into his mouth while wearing a black cap

The goalkeeper popped one ciggy into his mouth while wearing a black capCredit: Splash
He was pictured carrying a packet outside the national team's hotel

He was pictured carrying a packet outside the national team’s hotel credit: Splash

And he popped one stick of cigarette in between his lips in front of team-mates outside the team bus.

Szczesny, 31, was wearing his Poland national team training gear – a red t-shirt with black tracksuit bottoms – with red Nike trainers and a black cap.

The ex-Arsenal goalkeeper was caught smoking at least twice during his Gunners career.

Arsene Wenger fined the 6ft 5ins stopper £20,000 after he lit up in the dressing room showers following defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day in 2015.

And then ahead of Poland’s Euro 2016 opener, Szczesny sparked up again.

The goalkeeper joined Roma on loan from 2015 to 2017 before signing for Juventus on a permanent deal.

Opening up on the St Mary’s incident on the Arsenal Nation podcast last year, he said: “Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well.

“He just didn’t want anybody smoking in the dressing rooms and I knew that also.

“Because of the emotion of the game, I had a cigarette after the game when the team was still in.

“Somebody saw me, it wasn’t even the boss himself, and just reported it back to the boss.

“I saw him a couple of days later, he asked me if that was true and I said ‘yes’.

“He fined me and that was the end of it.

“I was very professional about it.”

Szczesny put his Euros curse behind him as Poland earned a 1-1 draw in Spain on Saturday night with Gerard Moreno hitting the post with a penalty.

The goalkeeper had been sent off, got injured and scored an own goal in his three previous games in the tournament.

There were team-mates around when the goalie decided to get the cigarette out

There were team-mates around when the goalie decided to get the cigarette out credit: Splash
Szczesny was caught smoking during his time at Arsenal and duly fined

Szczesny was caught smoking during his time at Arsenal and duly fined Credit: Splash
He played the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw in Seville

He played the full 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw in Seville Credit: AP

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