Wojciech Szczesny says that Lukasz Fabianski deserves his run in the side at the moment after admitting that his own form has dropped in recent months.
Despite sitting out Arsenal’s wins in Munich and Swansea, the 22-year-old has showed no sign that he’s stewing over his current predicament.
Having run onto the pitch in Wales last Saturday to congratulate compatriot Fabianski at full-time, Szczesny also released a statement yesterday apologising for the critical comments made about Arsene Wenger by his firebrand father.
Keenly aware that he needs to improve to win back his place as number both at domestic and international level, Szczesny gave a frank dissection of the current situation while preparing for his country’s next World Cup qualifier.
“My form is down right now which is normal given my age,” he is quoted as saying by WP.pl.
“I knew I wouldn’t play against Bayern and was prepared to watch the game on TV instead. Of course I would have loved to have played but Lukasz is now in better shape than me.
“If my team wins twice in a row without me I can’t complain. The most important thing is that Arsenal are doing well. In the next Premier League game Lukasz will play.
“The same goes with the national team [Southampton keeper] Artur Boruc is much better than me at the moment.”
Given Szczesny’s profile in Poland is so high and that a microphone appears to waved in his face from the moment he gets off the plane in Warsaw he’s handling his media responsibilities very well.
If there has been a criticism away from his on-field travails it’s that he comes across as a little too cock-sure. Given his humble behaviour in the last week, it looks as though he’s maturing.
Hat tip @JackGoonerski