Wojciech Szczesny’s career is on the verge of going from bad to worse with the Polish National team set to drop him for Artur Boruc if he continues to be on the Arsenal bench.
The Daily Mail reports that Poland manager, Adam Nawalka, has visited England to watch Boruc, currently on a season-long loan from Southampton at second-placed Championship side Bournemouth, and has been impressed with the 34-year old Pole. According to the Mail, Nawalka has made it clear to him that he remained within a chance of earning a milestone-reaching 60 caps if Szczesny’s situation at the Emirates perseveres.
After what was a very good 2013/2014 campaign, sharing the League’s golden glove with Petr Cech, just two games in 2015 for Szczesny has seen his career spiral backwards with David Ospina the preferred Number 1 at the moment at Arsenal. A bad day at the office on New Year’s day at Southampton followed by a smoking incident has cost the 24-year old his place in Wenger’s League plans for the majority of the games played in the past weeks and it does not seem it will get better soon.
There could be some window for redemption, though, as Wenger looks likely to start him in the FA Cup fifth round clash with Middlesbrough and it should be a good opportunity to gradually restore him as the team’s first choice.
Ospina has done well in the six games he has played, having failed to concede a single goal in January. However, some of his handling in the last two games against Tottenham and Leicester have given the impression that he may not be so ahead of Szczesny when it comes to ability.
Wenger is a big fan of Szczesny and has repeatedly stressed his readiness to give him a chance to reclaim his spot and while it is certain that will happen at the weekend against Boro, it will be a bigger vote of confidence to keep him for the first leg of the Champions League against Monaco. Those are two home games in which there will be less pressure for him to perform.
He will also have gained some confidence in the week from the fact that he has been crowned a legend at Brentford, the club where he spent a loan spell in 2009, having been voted as the club’s best goalkeeper of the decade, despite playing only 28 games.
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