Wojciech Szczesny has claimed that he left Arsenal in order to join Juventus because of their ‘winning mindset’.
The Gunners have failed to win a league title since the Invincibles year in 2004, and you could argue that the club have failed to do enough to challenge the big spenders in order to mount a serious challenge, but it still hurts to hear one of our former players admit to it…
Szczesny has now claimed that he joined Juve because of their winning attitude.
“I came here because I need to win everything,” he said.
“I chose Juventus for their winning mindset. Every day in training I feel stronger and more ready to play for this club.
“It seemed a normal choice to me, when Juve call you, you have to go.
“When you play for Juventus the goal is always to win everything, and it’s no different this year.
“Scudetto rivals? There are a lot of strong teams, Napoli seem the most dangerous because of the quality of their play.
“But there’s also Roma, and [Luciano] Spalletti’s Inter have started very well this season.
“We have to be ready to win every game, but with our mentality we will be.”
When players move clubs it is always easy to talk highly about your new surroundings and the things you are happy about, and it doesn’t always have to be taken as a criticism of their former club, but it is always hard to ignore.
The reality however is that he would most likely have stayed at Arsenal had he been given a first-team role, but he found himself as third-choice and had to leave to save his career, and now he appears to have done so.
I’m happy for the Pole even if he appears to be having a little stab at our club, and he would still be our third choice if he were here…
Do Arsenal have the winning mentality? Is it something that disappears over time?