Arsenal’s young goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny missed out on last year’s FA Cup win over Hull thanks to Arsene Wenger’s policy of sticking with his reserve keeper for Cup games, but this season he is desperate to appear at Wembley after being dropped from the first team in favour of David Ospina.
“It would be huge,” the Pole said on Arsenal.com. “I did get a medal last year but it hasn’t got the full flavour if you didn’t play in the final. This year I’m hoping I can claim that trophy and be fully satisfied.
“Last year it was a straightforward decision for the boss. Lukasz played throughout the competition and I knew from day one that he would play in the final. It was very easy for me to take.
“This year I only missed the first game and have played the rest, but it’s the manager’s decision. I accept whatever it is but I’m desperate to play.”
What Szczesny’s father said: “The relationship between Wocjiech and Wenger for a long time has not been the best.
Wenger has just needed to unload their frustrations and defeats onto someone, and it has fallen on Wojciech
“Mr. Wenger does not include people who are loyal. He does not always fulfil his promises and is honest to the end. He is happy to say that ash on his jacket is from someone’s cigarette, while it was his own dandruff.
“Wenger everywhere can see the blame, but not in himself. Wojciech under Wenger will never be the first choice goalkeeper. So let him go away and find a team where they fight with similar objectives.”
The 23 year-old is hoping that Wenger has not taken notice of the words of Szczesny Senior, who seems intent on annoying Le Prof as much as he can. His latest rant has forced Szczesny himself to issue a statement to the press: “Really shouldn’t be dealing with this one day before the cup final but my father leaves me no choice.” Szczesny pleaded. “I have not spoken to him in more than two years and just like everybody else I have had enough of his idiotic comments about The Football Club and The Manager I owe so much to! Therefore please do not consider his comments as my shared view. Thank You for your understanding!”
A lot of Arsenal fans have lost faith in Szczesny this season, and although Ospina hasn’t really needed to be as convincing, his record so far has been outstanding. Personally I think that Szczesny must be given the chance to prove that he can compete with Ospina next season, and this game may be the last chance he has to save his Arsenal career. It would certainly be unfair to punish him for his idiotic father!