Former Poland international goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski has advised Arsenal’s Polish international Wojciech Szczesny to leave the club this summer for better scope and opportunity. Szczesny had lost his first team place to Colombian international David Ospina after a dreadful performance on the new year’s day game against Southampton.

In the present season, the Gunners have roped in talismanic custodian Petr Cech from rivals Chelsea to bolster their squad. This move has further narrowed the Polish goalkeeper’s chances of making it into the starting XI. 

Tomaszewski feels that Szczesny is a great talent, but the lack of game time might put his international career under threat. He further claimed that Wenger did not share any of his future plans with the stopper. Arsene Wenger apparently had promised the Polish national team manager that if the goalkeeper works hard he will break into the first team again. Now that he has signed the Czech Republic star, it is a kind of betrayal on the French manager’s part. 

The ex goalkeeper was quoted: “In January I spoke to Adam Nawalka [the Poland manager] and he said that Arsene Wenger had told him that if Szczesny worked hard in training he would play again soon.

“It turned out that he didn’t tell the truth. I’m sure that when Szczesny said that he was going to stay at Arsenal, he didn’t know that Cech was going to come because Wenger didn’t tell him about his plans. Szczesny should leave, because it will be a waste of time for him if he stays.

“Wojciech must be devastated. This [Petr Cech transfer] is a big problem also for the Polish national team.

“For me Wojciech is still Poland’s number one, world-class goalkeeper but after Cech’s transfer he has no chance to play at Arsenal and for Poland. It could be the end of his career in the national team.”


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