Should Szczesny return for Arsenal v Reading?

There does not seem to be any lingering problems between Arsene Wenger and Wojciech Szczesny. The usual Arsenal number one has not played for the last two games against Bayer Munich and Swansea City because of a dip in form and what Wenger referred to as having problems`mentally`.

An astonishing outburst by the keeper’s father followed, in which he slated Wenger and the club, but Szczesny quickly distanced himself from those comments and professed his love for the club and his respect for Wenger. He has also responded well to being dropped, apparently. Many thought he would not take it well, but it may have been the kick he needed to keep his focus and concentration on playing well, working hard and improving his game.

Wenger said, “I have not spoken to him (about what his father said), and I believe he responded very well.

“There is not a lot more to say. We are in a competitive world, he has played nearly 100 games for this club and at his age, that is absolutely fantastic.

“The rest, we have ups and downs in our form and we have to fight against that. That’s what he said, basically.

“He has a great future. He’s a very young goalkeeper. You do not find very many goalkeepers at his age who have the experience he has already. That’s why I believe he has a great future, but he lives in a world where competition exists.”

So it seems as if Wenger is happy with the way his young keeper has responded to being dropped, but does that mean he is in line for a recall to the starting 11 against Reading? Fabianski has done very well in the last two games, so maybe he should keep his place. If Szczesny is over his troubles, though, he is the better player and you should always play your best players unless there is a good reason. It was not long ago that Szczesny was voted the Man of the Match for a fantastic performance against Sunderland. What are your thoughts Gooners?

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52 thoughts on “Should Szczesny return for Arsenal v Reading?

  1. Tom

    No I think we should give Fabianski. A run because he’s played well the last two games

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  2. Jaymo

    I love Szczesny I think he could really be a good keeper in the future however Fabianski is playing well and plus it make Woijech fight for his place which can’t ever be a bad thing.

    Keep Fab for now and see what happens

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  3. LP

    @GunnerCPH okay so on what basis would you drop fabianski?! what you’re doing there is pure favoritism!

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  4. GunnShow

    Keep flappy until he makes a mistake, same with Szczesny make a mistake get benched… time to start playing the best XI not the same old same old.

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  5. Tobias

    simply no fabianski has been in fine form the last two games and has done nothing wronge to warrent losing his place and untill he does he shoukd remain our no.1 choice
    sczezesny is still young his time will come

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  6. Tobias

    against reading

    jenkinson mertesaker koscielny monreal
    coquelin artetta
    ox cazorla gervihno

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  7. Gunner Till The End

    OFF TOPIC: Just read this on the Metro,

    Italian football agent Guido Di Domenico has revealed that Stevan Jovetic is set to join Arsenal in the summer and has already agreed terms on a move.
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has made Fiorentina ace Jovetic his top transfer target for next season, with the club keen to recruit a big name forward to help lead the line. And according to respected Fifa agent, Di Domenico, the Gunners have already agreed terms to bring the 23-year-old to north London, after he snubbed interest from Juventus. ‘Jovetic was among the possible options for Juventus, but my information is that the boy has already given the go ahead to move to Arsenal,’ said Di Comenico. ‘He seems fascinated by their project.’

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  8. the king

    i feel bad for him all this fuss about Fabianski he played to games against bayern he made one good save agains swanse i dont even think he had to make a single save. szxeezny has not been great great but nothing to make a big deal out of our defending has been shocking i doubt any other keep would of done a better job,.

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    I totally agree with you. We need that top 4 place.

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  10. leo

    stick to the same combination except giroud play podoslki & with diaby out give le coq a chance + rosicky

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  11. leo

    Podolski’s ankle problem since Cologne days,but doctors always give green light as no surgery is required, could happen in summer

    so there you go he is injured no rift he can play but wenger won’t push him

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  12. Tom

    Walcott—————————-The Ox

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 10 Thumb down 5

  13. Tom

    Woops sorry guys! Replace Walcott with gervinho in my line up

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  14. leo

    abou diaby has a swollen ankle i feel sorry for him but i think it’s time to move like michael owen/hargreaves could never make the best use of his talent but we need a new cdm

    Diaby was wanted by 3-4 seperate teams in summer but AW rejected all including a 10m bid by galatarasay as he had faith in Abou

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  15. always a gooner

    Jovetic agreed to come to ARsenal this summer ..very Happy …Mr Arsene you are the best …thanks ffa agent

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  16. Neil

    To be honest, you cold play me in goal and we should still win.

    New manager syndrome is a worry. Can’t take them lightly.


    Jenks Kos Mert Monreal

    —Arteta Coquelin

    Gervinho Cazorla Ox

    —-Prince Polidi


    I’m a Rosicky fan, but I believe he played 90 mins midweek in a WC qualifier.. Seeing as he’s played under an hour of PL football all season, starting him may be too much to ask. Good thing is he can pay in any of the midfield 5 positions. So if anyone isn’t pulling their weight..he can be used.

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  17. IJM

    Diaby isn’t going anywhere. Nor should he!!! He’ll come through for us

    Ramsey over diaby hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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  18. Uche

    Fabianski has been very impressive in his last two matches. He kept two clean sheets and was not troubled by anything the Bavarians and Swans threw at him. He deserves his chance. Szezeny on the other hand is cocky, complacent and unappreciative of the wonderful opportunity wenger has given him. He definitely cannot get into man u, chelsea or city’s first team and is unlikely to get into their bench. I know that his father cannot speak for him but I have a feeling both father and son share the same sentiment that his father unloaded. So he must be benched to remind him that the coach and club make the player, not the other way round.

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  19. chris

    We may as well play Fabianski. He might play well enough to mean we can find a buyer for him in the summer ? Unless he xxxxs up again.

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  20. Emmmanuel

    Hey cut d youngster some slack…….. Use him against Reading
    Jenks ….. Merte4…… Kos6….. Monreal
    …………. Arteta…….. Ramsey
    Rosicky …….. Cazorla ……….. Poldi

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  21. Rory

    jenkinson mertesaker koscielny monreal
    coquelin artetta
    ox cazorla Rosicky

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  22. Arunavameister

    With Diaby out,I think this is the time to unleash le Coq..

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  23. landi

    -AOX———-cazorla——podolski(if fit, or gervinho)

    3-0 inshallah

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  24. Mo Owais

    Keep Fabs in Goal…This will bring back Schezneys hunger to fight for his place and hopefully perform!

    CONSISTENCY is the key from here on! Most consistent stays in goal!

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  25. GunnerCPH


    Of course it is favoritism. And Szczesny has earned it. Fabianski hasn’t. Fabianski is, and will always be, shaky and uncertain, his handling is bad (he fumbles a lot), he’s got average reflexes, bad physique compared to Szczesny, and reluctant to come of the line. That is not a good keeper. For you people wanting Fabianski back, please recall how we felt when Szczesny broke through. Relieved, that’s how.

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  26. Gunner

    Thank goodness most fans seem to agree that Fabianski should stay in! And I agree he absolutely should no question.
    He is a quiet guy who works incredibly hard in training so lets hope he can deliver and stay in the team!

    The other young player who has an attitude that one can really respect is Le Coq.

    This kid has progressed slowly but steadily over the last couple of seasons and he is another one who shuts it and rolls up his sleeves and battles when he is called on.

    If his natural and technical talent continues to develop as well then it is he who might become the real star from the young players!!

    I hope I am right on that, WS, AOC, Ramsey(before!) have all been touted as potential stars because of the natural talent they display. However they could really learn from the work rate Le Coq shows, if they want to reach their potential.

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  27. Oliver Kay

    Szczesny still have a long way to go cos is still young unlike fab, i think fab is doing well at this time so let give him more chance to play this will make Szczesny to learn and come back to is best

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  28. Gunner

    Sorry GunnerCPH but I have to disagree with that.

    Nobody should ‘earn favoritism’? One can ‘earn’ a place on the team yes I agree. But nobody should earn favoritism?


    Because to build good team spirit their can be no favoritism at all, earned or otherwise!!
    If the best player on the team is mot performing, a good coach does not leave him there because of the way he played last year??

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  29. dan

    Although i do not rate flappy he has kept 2 clean sheets so wenger has to stick with him he will keep growing in confidence espec if the manager shows faith in him and he may well prove me and many others wrong and go on and show he is a decent keeper and i sincerely hope he does!

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  30. colin

    Agree Fabianski should play until he F—s up!!!!!!! he has done well in the last two games, why don’t we sign Bob Wilson for the rest of the season?

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  31. jermaine

    giroud has to start our midfielders are too short and diaby injured so giroud will help defending corners. as for faabianski he deserves his starting spot he will play good because he is playing to find a new contract because he is a free agent summer. its also a chance to let sczezny realise he will need to fight for his place next season

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  32. Haxxxan

    no he shouldn’t return. what has fabianski done wrong? 2 games 2 cleansheets! even our captain vermaelen cant find a place in this side! szezceny must know if you get overconfident and perform bad, you wont be an automatic choice and you will be dropped… this will help get him mature and eventually return stronger and with a safer pair of hands!

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  33. Yolanda madonsela

    Fabiansky on goals , and play Arteta behind , ma team ………….fabi…………. …jeki…….per….kols……..monrel ….rosiscky………..verml…….. …………………arteta……. carzola……………podoski……. . ………………..walcot…………………

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  34. Andrew

    No 2 clean sheets. If it’s not broke don’t try to fix it :-) Well said Major Gooner

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  35. danny boy

    Hey guys a good team to put out against reading would be
    jenkinson mertersaker koshelney gibbs
    cazrola arteta
    oxlade poldoski

    maybe try manreal as a holding midfielder for this game pepit was a left bk before he became a great combative midfielder.
    And also whos the source saying we ave got jetovic…is it true

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  36. ferro

    I think the prof will do what he usually does in that Szczezz will be in his mind the no 1, but wait till Fab makes one crucial error or costs us any points then reinstating Szcz… like he has done with past keepers.

    If we get another clean sheet it wouldn be fair to drop Fab just like it wouldnt be fair right now.

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  37. Hademe P

    There is no justification dropping Fabianski.Szczesny must fight to regain his position.Same for Sagna.His father should also understand the fact that we have a manager who elevated his son( on merit)without complain from others.

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  38. komarool

    I don’t think we need to debate on this matter. Fab is our goalee for now simple. My team fab jekinson kosielny per monreal arteta carsola ramsey ox giroud and podoski.

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