Wojciech Szczesny’s dad, Maciej, has criticised Arsene Wenger for insisting that his son play with injuries, and said the Polish keeper was ‘foolish’ to do so.
Speaking to przegladsportowy.pl before their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Ukraine, the man who once punched Roberto Mancini in the head, said there’s no chance that Szczesny will play for his country this week, and has questioned why it was necessary for him to play with an injury.
“Wojciech had two serious injuries,” he said. “He played with one in April and May. He shouldn’t have agreed to play that time but the coach insisted. Wenger was playing with the young man’s good health and Wojciech agreed foolishly.
“Last April and May Wojciech did not train the whole week and than 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.
“In my opinion Mister Wenger ‘bugged out’ 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.
“In addition to that in August there was an metatarsus 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?”
And having been dropped in recent games for fellow Pole, Lukasz Fabianski, Szczesny Sr believes the Arsenal manager has questions to answer.
“Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat,” he continued. “It is not the way the boss should behave. His transfer policy is failing, there are a lot of injuries which is also significant. The guy is wrong permanently.”
Harsh words indeed and ones unlikely to make his son’s life any easier, but let’s hope Jr gets his head down, works hard and finds his form again.
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