Wojciech Szczesny is still in possession of the number one shirt at Arsenal, but that is not likely to make the Poland international feel much better about life right now, as he has lost the honour in everything but name. Shezzer may look set to make up for last year´s FA cup disappointment by starting in a Wembley semi-final and hopefully a final in May, but that could be his last act as a Gunner.
That is what his fellow Pole and former Liverpool keeper Jerzy Dudek, he of the wobbly legs in the 2005 Champions League final, thinks anyway. In a Daily Mail report Dudek advises the Arsenal man to move on for the sake of his career, declaring that Wenger´s preference for David Ospina is clear.
As if that was not painful enough for Shezzer to hear, Dudek also declares that our keeper is now only third in the international pecking order for Poland, behind his former club team mate Lukasz Fabianski and Artur Boruc and is almost certain to miss out for their Euro qualifier against Republic of Ireland on Sunday.
Dudek said, “It’s a serious matter. Fortunately, we have two other goalkeepers who are able to provide an adequate level in our goal.
“In excellent form is Lukasz Fabianski and, on the other hand, Artur Boruc is very experienced. I think [Adam] Nawalka [Poland manager] will wait to make the decision until the very end.
“Wojciech is the least likely to play in the match with Ireland. If I were in his place, I would wonder whether there are still opportunities to arise at Arsenal and wouldn’t wait as long as Fabianski, because you can see that Arsene Wenger is firmly set on David Ospina.”
So is the former Liverpool stopper right and is it really the end of the road for Szczesny after nine years in north London? We will have to see what happens but if Dudek is right and Szczesny is sat on the bench for Poland this weekend, he will surely start to think hard on his future as a Gunner.