Wenger: Szczesny still in the reckoning

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes Wojciech Szczesny has a part to play with the club, and is backing him to shine for the Gunners in the FA Cup semi-final clash to come against Reading this weekend, despite the Poland having been the club’s second-choice this season, reports Sky Sports.

Szczesny’s form dipped for Arsenal, which led to him being dropped, and David Ospina has successfully replaced him between the sticks for the rest of the season. And with the form of the Colombian likely to keep him in pole position for next season as things stand, the future of Szczesny is somewhat in the air.

Many supporters, who have been disappointed with the Poland international’s poor form are questioning why he should start in goal in the FA Cup, but Wenger has said Szczesny still has a role to play in the team.

The long-serving Arsenal manager rates his young shot-stopper highly, and believes the competitive games he can be afforded will still keep him sharp, despite having been guilty of past mistakes which cost him his place in the team before.

Arsene Wenger was quoted as saying: “I believe that before a game you prepare mentally and there is no special problem. I replaced Wojciech because he had a bad game. I still think he is a great goalkeeper and I want him as well to have the opportunity to show that.

“On Wednesday night, I watched PSG against Barcelona and they (Barcelona) played their goalkeeper number two (Marc-Andre ter Stegen) in the Champions League game. Why? Because you need to give them as well competition.”

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