There have been reports linking Arsenal with a number of different keepers recently, which has led to some speculation about the future of the current number one at the Emirates, Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish international was missed by Arsenal at the start of the season, but has been in great form since returning.
The reason that Arsenal have been looking at other keepers was widely believed to be for some competition and quality cover for the 22-year old. There have been rumours, however, that the real reason was that Arsene Wenger was worried about his commitment to Arsenal, although he only signed a long term contract two years ago.
Szczesny has insisted that he has no intention of leaving the club. He wants to be a part of the future Arsenal success, along with the core of players that recently signed new deals. Szczesny has been with Arsenal since he was 16, and he has become a firm fan of the club in that time.
“It feels like it’s more than me just playing and doing my best on a Saturday afternoon. I feel like I have a much bigger part to play at this club. It means that little bit more to me.
“I think there’s a lot of players in this team that are genuine Gooners. You’ve got people like Carl Jenkinson, there’s Jack Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong, a lot of young players who really feel it’s the biggest honour they could have to play for this club.
“I think that’s very important for the future.”
Szczesny insists that all his focus at the minute is on improving his game. He is still prone to the odd mistake, but they are becoming less frequent, and he is turning into a fantastic and commanding keeper. The problem for Wenger is if he is injured, because Mannone and Fabianski are not at the same level.