This is not the first time that the Arsenal and Poland international star Wojciech Szczesny has found himself in a bit of an awkward situation with his manager. Arsene Wenger revealed today in the press conference ahead of the home game against Stoke City on Sunday, that the keeper had apologised for apparently smoking a cigarette in the showers after the defeat at Southampton, but I wonder just how thin ice he is really on.
Because it is not just the smoking; it is the dodgy form and mistakes on the pitch and the latest comments by Szczesny senior that could be putting the keeper’s Arsenal career at risk. The last time that his father had a public moan about the way his son was being treated by the Gunners, Wenger had dropped our number one after a series of blunders.
Back then, Szczesny was very lucky to get his place back quickly because his replacement Fabianski, who was playing well, got an injury. This time he might not be so fortunate. I do not expect Wenger to drop David Ospina after his good and confident display against Hull City in the FA cup. Unless the Colombia international stopper does something wrong, I see no reason for him not to keep his place in the starting line-up.
It remains to be seen, but Szczesny’s next chance to play could be the next cup game at Brighton and he might have to do something brilliant in that game to have a chance of playing in the Champions League or Premier League again this season. That could lead to more outbursts from his dad and some big decisions on the part of the player and his manager at the end of the season.
Do you think that Szczesny’s career at Arsenal could be in real danger?