The 21-year-old used his Twitter feed to respond over these misleading reports:
I got annoyed with a few things about myself in the media recently so I’m gonna set the record straight.
I never said I deserve the Arsenal armband. I said that I would love to one day take the responsibility of being an Arsenal skipper. RVP [Robin van Persie] is doing a great job as a skipper and he fully deserves the armband.
I am injured and had to be pulled out of Polish national team. I hope to recover as soon as possible.
Please continue the ‘Szczesny to Barcelona’ rumours. Makes me laugh every time I read it!
Szczesny discussing Barcelona in his original interview only reiterated that he would not leave for money (to Manchester City) but rather for the best team in the world. This is likely to be a long time down the track, for now his goal is to become an Arsenal legend and club captain.
Many fingers will be crossed hoping that Szc is fit shortly and will return for the Sunderland match after the international break.