Photos: Under-fire Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny trains ahead of Stoke City fixture

The goalkeeper has not had a great start to the new year.

It is fair 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.

David Ospina played the next game, but the summer signing was always due to face Hull City. However it now looks like Arsene Wenger has a decision to make on who to give the start against Stoke City tomorrow.

But while Szczesny may be in the news, not helped by his dad's comments in the Polish press, he is simply focussing on training ahead of the weekend game.

He looked focused and in good shape for the game this weekend, even if he might be on the bench after his recent problems.

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