Szczesny’s father furious with Wenger
Wojciech Szczesny’s father has accused Arsene Wenger of playing his son in spite of injury and is making him a scapegoat for some of their recent performances. The Polish keeper has lost his place in the starting eleven after a series of unsatisfactory performances.
Szczesny’s father, who was a professional goalkeeper himself, won seven caps for Poland and helped Legia Warsaw reach the quarter-finals of the 1995-96 Champions League.
In a recent interview, Szczesny Sr. said:
“Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat. It is not the way the boss should behave. Wojciech has had two serious injuries. He played with one in April and May (last year). He shouldn’t have agreed to play that time, but the coach insisted.
“Wojciech did not train the whole week and then a warm up on Friday and played the match on Saturday. He was naturally more susceptible to minor injuries and his form was going down.
“Wenger was playing with the young man’s good health and Wojciech agreed foolishly.
“In my opinion Mr. Wenger messed up a lot in April and May. I don’t blame the young man who went along with his coach, his current lack of form is a result of those two months.
“Then in August there was a foot (ankle) injury after which he played almost instantly.
“After seven weeks out Wojciech trained for just seven days and played the match. How on earth can he be on his highest form?”
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Szczesny, were both benched for the games against Bayern and Swansea as they wont both the games in their absence. However, the Pole’s father is confident his 22-year-old son still has a bright future at the Emirates.
‘This last period has not been successful for Wojciech, the fact that Arsene Wenger did not take him to Munich shows something,’ Maciej Szczesny added.
‘However, I think my son can be the number one (Arsenal) keeper over 10 years, he just needs to come back to form and then a situation where we can stop to wonder who will stand between the posts.’