Retired Polish international Jan Tomaszewski has lashed out at Arsene Wenger, branding him a liar and criticising his treatment of Wojciech Szczesny, as reported by the Evening Standard.
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As the report suggests, we have recently completed a massive move for Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech. Given the size of the transfer you would expect the veteran goaltender to come straight in as our No.1, and Szczesny will presumably find himself backing up the Czech international.
Tomaszewski insists Wenger has misled his young compatriot though, and claims Szczesny knew nothing about the imminent acquisition of Cech before he committed his future to the club.
“In January I spoke to [Poland manager] Adam Nawalka and he said that Arsene Wenger had told him that if Szczesny worked hard in training he would play again soon,” he said, as quoted by the Standard.
“It turned out that he didn’t tell the truth. I’m sure that when Szczesny said that he was going to stay at Arsenal, he didn’t know that Cech was going to come because Wenger didn’t tell him about his plans. Szczesny should leave, because it will be waste of time for him, if he stays.”
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It seems massively unfair of the former shot-stopper, and there is very little basis for the criticism. Szczesny had already lost his first-team spot to David Ospina, so he was always going to be starting as second choice in 2015/16.
Obviously the manager will tell Szczesny that if he works hard in training and impresses then he can earn his spot back, but he can never guarantee him a starting berth – the Pole simply needs to show he is better than the other options available to us.
If Ospina were to remain and continued to perform better, then he would presumably retain his place in the Arsenal XI. Similarly, if Szczesny can prove he deserves to start over Cech, then Wenger will more than likely give him the chance.
Tomaszewkski went on to discuss Szczesny’s future, and painted a very bleak picture for the 25-year-old.
“For me Wojciech is still Poland’s number one, world class goalkeeper but after Cech’s transfer he has no chance to play at Arsenal and for Poland. It could be end of his career in national team,” he continued.
The Polish international shot-stopper is still young, and it’s ridiculous to think his career – for club or country – is over. He can learn and grow from Petr Cech, and could well still prove to be a fantastic No.1 in the future.