Wojciech Szczesny was ‘lied to’ by his Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger over future, it was accused.. by Sridhar
The future of the Polish national goal keeper was in shambles following the transfer of Petr Cech from Chelsea. It is widely regarded that Cech is head and shoulders above Szczesny and so would be the first choice at the club.
This would mean that one of David Ospina and Szczesny would be unsure of their spot in the squad. Let alone starting, if both of them stay at the club, there would be no chance for one of them to even be a second choice.
Ospina is already rumoured to be out of the club with interest from Turkey club Fenerbahce. That leaves us with Szczesny and it is believed that the Polish keeper will be happy to stay at the club and fight for his future.
Or so was it until this moment. The former Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski claimed that Szczesny was given false promises by Wenger. Serious accusation, if you read it in any which way…
Tomaszweski claims that Szczesny was told that if he worked hard in training, he would play again soon. He believes that Szczesny was not told about Wenger’s plans of buying Cech. Tomaszweski went on to add that if Szczesny does not play regularly for Arsenal, it could end his national career.
These comments should not be construed as an indictment of Wenger. On the contrary, to be fair to Wenger, Cech was not the reason Szczesny lost his place in the side.
It was his continuous poor performances topped by a terrible one at Southampton. To add to that, his off-field problems also angered Wenger, including being caught smoking in the showers.
All these culminated in him losing his position in the first team to David Ospina. The Colombian goal keeper went on to make the position his own. If at all, he has every right to feel more aggrieved by the purchase of Cech than Szczesny.
The best thing for Szczesny in the current scenario is to buckle down and get back to working hard. He should be encouraged that he can now learn from one of the best in the trade – Cech. With Wenger looking to mount a challenge in all tournaments, he would require Szczesny for some of the important matches.
By no means it is an end to the career of Szczesny at Arsenal, or for that matter in his national team. In fact, it could spawn a new chapter in his career.
What do you think? Will Szczesny be able to lift his performances with the arrival of Cech?