Arsene Wenger has praised Wojciech Szczesny for his response to being dropped and backed the 22-year-old keeper to have a great career despite his recent downturn in form.
Benched for the wins over Bayern Munich and Swansea the Polish international has had a busy couple of weeks, not only taken it upon himself to play down comments made by his angry father after he publicly took aim at Arsene Wenger but also confessing that his form has not been up to scratch.
Reflecting on a March of awkward headlines for his young charge, Wenger underlined that with much experience gained he’s ahead of schedule in his development.
“I haven’t spoken to him [about his dad's anger issues] and I believe he responded very well,” Wenger told his pre-Reading press conference.
“There is a not a lot more to say. We are in a competitive world, he has nearly played 100 games for this club and at his age that is absolutely fantastic.
“The rest, we have ups and downs in our form and we have to fight against that. That’s what he said, basically.
“He has a great future. He is a very young goalkeeper. You do not find very many goalkeepers at his age who have the experience he has already. That’s why I believe he has a great future. But he lives in a world where competition exists.”
Asked whether he might be in the market for a new keeper, a logical bit of speculation given Lukas Fabianski and Vito Mannone have both been linked with exits, the boss played down transfer talk reminding journalists that it’s not a decision to be made before the end of the season.
“A lot of people speak about that but we are not especially after anybody,” he said.
“What is important is we look at how we finish the season, how well we play and make the decisions who to buy and who to sell at the end of the season. This will be influenced by the way we play in our last nine games.”