Wojciech Szczesny has found himself playing second fiddle to David Ospina in 2015, and Arsenal legend David Seaman claims the Pole has a big decision to make regarding his future, according to ESPN.
Szczesny was dropped following our New Year’s Day loss against Southampton, but it was a string of poor performances and individual errors that saw him lose his place to Ospina.
The Colombian hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight since his arrival, but he has done what is required of him, and we have been enjoying a fantastic run of form since he took over.
Seaman is arguably the best shot-stopper in Arsenal’s history, and we struggled for a long time to replace him. He believes both Szczesny and Ospina are good enough to tend goal at the Emirates, but claims our former No.1 must be prepared to wait for his chance.
“Either of them could be Arsenal’s number one, it is about who is on form — and if Ospina keeps his form, then he is going to stay there,” the retired star said.
“It is not a difficult situation, but it keeps you on your toes to know that there is quality behind you.
“It is not just the games which make you play better, it is the training.
“The goalkeepers train together, and you see the other guy, you think ‘I want to be better than him’ or ‘I am going to show him how good I am’. That is day to day and is good because it brings the best out of you and tests you, so you become a better goalkeeper.”
Seaman claims the 24-year-old could be a future star at the club, but insists that it all hinges on his decisions now. He may not be happy sat on the bench behind Ospina, but would he find first team football elsewhere and still be able to play for a team at the level Arsenal are currently at? Probably not.
“Wojciech has a big choice now, but he has still got loads of time, I did not join Arsenal until I was 26,” Seaman continued.
“It is about how he reacts, and what does the player want — does he want to play as a number one? Or is he happy being at a big club as a number two?
“It is all about his ambition. If he wants to be a number one somewhere, then how long is he going to have to wait?
“But if he leaves Arsenal, then it won’t be the same level, because it is not until after they go, that all these guys realise how good Arsenal is.”
Szczesny may not be first choice in the Premier League, but should continue between the sticks in the FA Cup. He missed out last season when Arsene Wenger opted to utilise Lukasz Fabianski throughout the competition, but things could be very different this season.
The out of favour star should be in action against Reading this weekend, and will be keen to continue his run if we reach the final.