Szczesny set for talks over Arsenal future

Arsenal are set to hold talks with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at the end of the season regarding his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Poland international joined the club as a youngster and eventually established himself as their first-choice goalkeeper in the final months of the 2010-11 season. He went on to hold that position for over three and-a-half years, but since the beginning of January he has fallen out of favour, losing his place in the Premier League starting XI to David Ospina.

That came following an error-strewn performance at Southampton on New Year’s Day, where his mistakes led to both goals in a 2-0 defeat. He was also fined for smoking in the shower in the aftermath of that game, and has only featured in the FA Cup since.

As a result of his extended run out of the team, Szczesny has grown increasingly frustrated and is reportedly contemplating his future at Arsenal. The Gunners are also stepping up their interest in Chelsea stopper Petr Cech, suggesting that the 24-year-old’s days in North London could be numbered.

Manager Arsene Wenger will not force Szczesny to leave the club when the two sit down in the summer, but he is unlikely to be able to guarantee him first-team football.

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