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?