Wojciech Szczesny reveals Arsene Wenger’s furious reaction to White Hart Lane selfie

Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny takes selfie at White Hart Lane
The goalkeeper grabbed his phone after beating Spurs in 2014 (Picture: Instagram / @poldi_official)

Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that Arsene Wenger was very unhappy with the goalkeeper over his now infamous selfie at White Hart Lane when Arsenal beat Spurs back in 2014.

A solitary strike from Tomas Rosicky in just the second minute secured bragging rights for the red half of north London, with Szczesny rushing to the away end at full-time, grabbing his phone and taking a selfie with Lukas Poldolski and Kieran Gibbs.

While Szczesny’s cheeky gesture went down well with fans, Wenger was rather less impressed and gave his keeper a dressing down after he found out what he had done.

Asked if Wenger had ever given him a grilling, Szczesny told Arsenal’s new In Lockdown podcast: ‘I had one where he wasn’t happy, that was the famous selfie at White Hart Lane.

‘He wasn’t exactly happy about that one and looking back at it I would never do it again. But I think I was 21 or 22 years old at the time and you really enjoy those kind of things and it was great for me back then.

‘Now looking back at it, it was probably childish and I know he wasn’t happy with that one at the time. No punishments whatsoever, but he let me know.

‘I might not be exactly accurate in the way I report this back to you, but it was kind of, “You never see Iker Casillas doing that do you?” and I was like, “Yeah you’re probably right there”.’

Szczesny, who spent two seasons on loan at Roma before joining Juventus in 2017, also revealed that Wenger could be quite cold with his players when he needed to be and rarely discussed anything other than football with them.

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger and Wojciech Szczesny
Wenger was not best pleased with Szczesny’s antics when he was at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

The goalkeeper continued: ‘When he had to he was quite cold. The boss is a very warm person and you know his image, he’s open and friendly to everybody, but when he speaks to you as an employee of his football club he can be quite cold.

‘And I think that’s his way of managing the football club, and you also have to understand the age difference between the boss and the players. He was 40 odd years older than us. So there’s some respect that comes just from the age difference and it’s only fair that way.’

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