Great result tonight, we beat the Spurs at the Lane 4-1. Indeed both clubs were represented by weakened sides so the gloss is taken off a little but, still, it beats most Tuesday nights. Anyhow, following Flappianski’s latest mistake i decided to check out where Szczesny is. Sure Almunia is our starting goalkeeper (this isn’t another article commenting on the absurdity of that – the man is a good shot stopper but prone to nerves) but this was the Carling Cup so shouldn’t we have been playing a potential future number 1. Oh, right, Fabianski is supposed to be that guy. So what about the most promising young goalkeeper we have, Szczesny? Well, he had some interesting things to say about Wenger after being excluded from the Carling Cup squad for the game at the Lane.
Courtesy of the translation at the younggunsblog, Szczesny said to a reporter at Gazeta Wyborcza, a Polish publication, that Wenger is ignoring him.
”Despite our talks before the season, Arsene Wenger seems to forget he has a goalkeeper named Wojciech Szczesny in the team. He is avoiding me at every occasion. Wenger told me to fight for a first-team place but then he didn’t include me in the squad for the Carling Cup game. My friends told me not to worry, that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. But a marathon isn’t about running in the same place for three years.”
”I’m ready to play at the highest level but i need a club that believes in a twenty year old. In Arsenal there’s no such bravery. My main goal is to play for Arsenal but if there’s a move option, we’ll have words.”
Strong words from the young Pole. Accusing Arsenal of not having the bravery to play youngsters is a little amusing and the convenient transition of the marathon not a sprint metaphor from something understood to be allegorical to something literal is little wayward, but the underlying frustration can be understood. According to several reports Szczesny is the best young goalkeeper at the club, as commented on this blog before, but he can’t even get a game in the Carling Cup. Now, i understand Fabianski is older, but the more we watch him play the more every Arsenal fan is convinced he isn’t going to be our number 1. Why not try to bed somebody else in?
After all, didn’t Iker Casillas get his chance as a young blossoming teenager at Real Madrid?