Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has reiterated his commitment to the North London Club despite recently losing his starting spot to compatriot Lukasz Fabianski. He has also given his full backing for under fire manager Arsene Wenger, and believes failing to qualify for the Champions League will be ‘horrible’.
The Polish international, who was also on the bench for his countries World Cup Qualifier, had been overlooked for the recent Bayern Munich and Swansea clashes after recent errors and poor form forced Wenger into replacing Szczesny with the fit-again Fabianski.
But despite his relegation to the bench, he is determined to fight for his place and help the Gunners reach a top four finish. He has reaffirmed his love for the club despite the media suggesting his time at the Gunners is up.
He told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza:
I don’t want to be anywhere else. My contract runs out in 2015. I have played my 100th game for Arsenal and I hope to play hundreds more. Physically, I can imagine myself at a different club, yes, but mentally, absolutely no. I’m too happy here.
What guarantee do I have that I will win trophies somewhere else? Arsenal will win things again, I trust the club’s philosophy, I have a debt here.
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I know that Arsenal should not play as badly. We’re not even through March and we have lost everything. We have only nine games to save the club and not humiliate ourselves.
Arsenal have been in the Champions League for the past 16 years and it would be horrible not to qualify this time. Those are our most important games in our careers. It’s our hardest time since I got here.
Despite another poor season from the Gunners, the 22-year-old is adamant Arsene Wenger is the man to bring silverware to the club, however the Frenchman had a much easier job when he had the likes of Henry, Bergkamp and Pires at his disposal.
I can’t imagine it here without the manager. With all due respect to my team-mates it was easier to work with Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry.
We have a strong squad now, but there is no player of Henry’s class.
Unfortunately Szczesny has it nailed right on the head – we need some more top class strikers, at least one that can come even close to Henry’s stature. Wenger is still the man for the job, however next year is make or break for the Frenchman, and this summer transfer window is vital. We have the bones for a brilliant squad, just need the right few acquisitions.