Wojciech Szczesny - The Footballing World

Szczesny to stay at Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has confirmed that he will see out his contract at the Emirates Stadium, after the Poland international recorded a clean sheet in the Gunners 4-0 English FA Cup Final win over Aston Villa at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Szczesny has not played in the English Premier League since he was dropped following the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day, which had been another inconsistent display, and Colombia international shot-stopper David Ospina, signed from Nice last summer, has produced a number of good displays since coming into the team, which will provide stern competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey next season.

The North Londoners have also been linked with a £10 million summer switch for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge.

But Szczesny sees no reason why his long-term position at the Emirates Stadium is in doubt, as he believes he has the backing of manager Arsene Wenger.

“I am very grateful for the manager, he has been good with me over these last couple of months and has shown all the faith in the world in me and I am very thankful for the chance to play in the cup final and am very glad of a clean sheet,” the 25-year-old said.

“You (media) like to speculate, but I am happy where I am.

“I have got all the support in the world from the manager and I have fantastic relations with him, so you can stop the gossip now because I am here for good. I will stay.”

Wenger was not in the mood for discussing any possible interest in Cech when pressed over next season’s plans after securing a second back-to-back FA Cup triumph.

“I don’t know at the moment. We have just won the cup. It is difficult for me to come out of the game like that and say who I will buy and not buy,” the French boss said.

Wenger feels Szczesny has performed well under testing circumstances, but believes Ospina deserves to be first choice between the sticks at the moment.

He said: “Wojciech was very good. It was a very difficult decision because if it doesn’t work it will be questioned, but I think it was a good decision.

“If you look at the stats, Ospina is the best keeper in the league. You might not share that opinion, but if you look purely at mathematics.

“We will give you the answer after the transfer window.”


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