Szczesny: no Champions League would be a disaster


Wojciech Szczesny says that Arsenal finishing outside the top four would be a ‘disaster’ and the club is experiencing its most difficult period since he joined.

Dropped to the bench for his fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianski for the last two games, the younger of the Poles heads off on international duty and spoke, before the Swansea game, to Gazeta Wyborcza about life at the Arsenal and the race for the Champions League spot.

In typically forthright fashion, Szczesny pulled no punches about the current situation.

“It is halfway through March and we’ve lost everything,” he said. “There are still 10 matches left to save the club against the humiliation of all times. It would be disaster not to be in the top four and without Champions League next year.

“We have the ten most  important games in our careers. We are going through the most difficult time since I came here.”

Although he’s been dropped Szczesny continues to see his future at Arsenal, and when asked if he could see himself playing for another club said, “Theoretically yes, but mentally absolutely not. I am too happy to go somewhere else. I believe the Arsenal will start to win again.

“I believe in the philosophy of the club. I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else. As long as they want me here the is no ‘somewhere else’, and I have a contract until June 2015.”

Let’s hope the shock of being benched for a guy who is out of contract this summer refocuses him and he can become the keeper we all hoped he might be. In the meantime, Fabianski holds the gloves.

Thanks to @JackGoonerski for the translation

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