Wojciech Szczesny's dad has his say on recent events at Arsenal

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The Arsenal goalkeeper has had a tough start to 2015.

It is far to say that it has not been a great start to the year for Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Polish stopper first had the misfortune of being at fault for at least one, perhaps both, of Southampton's goals in the recent Premier League defeat against their top four rivals.

He then received some negative criticism for his reaction after conceding the second goal, just casually picking up his drink and downing the embarrassment away.

To make matters worse, he was then caught smoking in the Arsenal dressing room at St Marys and was subsequently slapped with an apparent £20,000 fine.

But his outspoken father has now poured cold water over those allegations. Maciej Szczesny, himself a former professional goalkeeper, has told Polish source Prezegladu Sportowego that Szczesny's apparent indiscretion had been 'invented' by journalists. Although he did state that he might have had an argument with the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:

"I've spoken to people with whom he is in constant contact and are close to him. It's a situation invented by journalists.

"There was no smoking in the shower, or argument with Mr.Wenger, although the latter wouldn't surprise me.

"I do not believe that he is dumb enough to smoke in the changing room."

He also laid a fair portion of the blame regarding his recent goalkeeping mishaps on the Arsenal defence, calling Per Mertesacker a rhino in the process:

"Yes, he made a mistake on the first goal, but please look at the Arsenal defence. Per Mertesacker showed the agility of a rhinoceros. Someone should support him [Wojciech], but the coaching staff at Arsenal would rather not.

"The entire defence this season is an embarrassment."

It is clear his father is trying to back up his son, but like he has done in the past, it would appear Szczesny Sr has simply made the situation even worse.

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