After being recalled to the team due to an rib injury sustained by fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianski, Szczesny has strung together a number of solid performances keeping three clean-sheets in four appearances.
In his latest appearance the Pole flung himself to his left after Loic Remy struck a curling shot just outside the box late in the match. It looked destined for the bottom corner, but Szczesny just managed to tip it away.
Wenger is quoted as saying on Arsenal.com on Szczesny’s recent performances:
It was a very great save, yes. It shows the importance of a goalkeeper. We needed him once really and he got there. I must say Remy took the shot very well and very early. He needed a special save.
I felt that first when I saw him dive, I thought he would not get there. But he extended his final resource very well and that got him there.
It [competition] is very good for him. You know him as well. I must give him credit because in this competition [from Fabianski], he responded very well, worked hard and when he came back, he was sharper when I left him out, from the first game on. He has responded very well.
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That’s what you’ve seen with people like Seaman, with Lehmann when I took him out. They always came back stronger. He does that well. He’s in good form now.
It must be said however that much of his ability to keep clean-sheets have come from the solid partnership of Mertesacker and Koscielny, who have been excellent in defense in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, when it matters most Szczesny has done what has been required when he has been called into action. The save against Remy and the save against Van Persie a week earlier are examples of that.
The question now is whether Wenger keeps the Szczesny in the starting line-up with Fabianski confirmed to be available for selection, as both goalkeepers are looking in pretty good nick.
Obviously with two games remaining and a top-four spot on the line, it is absolutely imperative Wenger gets the call right. A miracle save could determine whether we remain in the top-four after all.
Personally, I feel Wenger has to stick with Szczesny given his response after he was re-called. It is a shame for Fabianski that he sustained an injury when he looked to be holding down a starting spot, but ultimately the competition with Szczesny has been beneficial overall.
Waht do you guys think? Would you go with Szczesny or does Fabianski deserve his spot back? Feel free to leave a comment below!