Wojciech Szczesny has been heavily linked with a move away in the past few days with reports now suggesting that the Polish international is set to join Roma on loan this summer (via The Telegraph).
Szczesny’s future has been under the spotlight ever since the arrival of Petr Cech and it looks as though David Ospina is the man Arsene Wenger trusts to deputise for the 33-year-old.
The fact that this potential deal is a loan one suggests that Wenger may still believe that the 25-year-old has a future at our club.
However, it may be time for Wenger to cut his ties with Szczesny and move him out of the door given that we can’t wait for a player to blossom forever.
It seems as though, at our club, we’re more patient with regards to the development of our academy graduates and could, as a result, become slightly blinded by the reality.
Szczesny isn’t good enough. The Polish international was said to have a lot of potential but over the past few years, he clearly hasn’t developed as rapidly as some of his competitors.
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The likes of David de Gea, Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart all in a similar age bracket to our goalkeeper, but the gap in quality at the moment between that crop and Szczesny is frightening.
When placed between the sticks at a top club such as ours, concentration may well be the most important ingredient for a goalkeeper. Playing in a team that has possession for 70% of most games means that one must be ready when suddenly called into action.
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Szczesny has shown time and again that this is a quality he cannot seem to grasp. During the first few months of last season, the goals we were conceding from such few attempts were alarming.
Arsenal – Shots on Faced/Goals conceded C Pal 2 & 1 Eve 2 & 2 Leic 3 & 1 Man C 8 & 2 Villa 2 & 0 Tot 4 & 1 Che 3 & 2 Hull 4 & 2
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) October 20, 2014
The Polish international’s arrogance on the pitch is also something which has hindered him throughout his career. A goalkeeper definitely needs to be mentally strong, but the sheer audacity behind some of Szczesny’s attempts at claiming a ball are beyond belief.
After dropping a clanger in a north London derby at White Hart Lane, he tried to show that his previous error hadn’t affected him by attempting to claim a crossfield ball into the box with one hand.
Obviously, Szczesny dropped the ball and were it not for the heroic defending from Laurent Koscielny, we would’ve conceded a needless goal.
All of these indications, not to mention his constant off-field issues (via the Mirror), should convince Wenger that it’s time to give up on Szczesny and realise that he’ll never be able to reach Cech’s level.
And that’s the standard.