Former Gunner and goalkeeping coach, Bob Wilson, has given his backing to Wojciech Szczesny as the debate about who should start the FA Cup final continues.
The Polish international lost his place to David Ospina in January and has been the ‘cup keeper’ ever since. Under normal circumstances that would mean he was assured a start at Wembley, but it remains an area of uncertainty as he didn’t get a warm up game like compatriot Lukasz Fabianski did last season.
However, Wilson believes Szczesny will get the nod and said he feels the criticism he’s received since losing his place in the side has been overblown.
“I think he will play Szczesny,” he told the Islington Gazette. “That is what Arsene Wenger does – it is a loyalty thing.
“Despite everything, despite his rashness and the incident with the cigarette – which I actually think was blown up a little too much – I still maintain the potential for Wojciech is really big.”
He also outlined some concerns he has over current number 1 Ospina.
““I have admired Ospina but he will not get shots that other keepers can because of his size – that is a problem.
“He is under 6ft and these days, with the way the ball moves and the size of players, a goalkeeper needs to really be 6ft 3ins at least.
“Ospina has really impressed me with his presence and has been pretty safe, although he made a couple of terrible decisions in the win over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
“I think Arsenal fans are probably split 50/50 on who they would rather have in the team.”
Bob goes on to talk more about Szczesny, but also advocates the signing of Petr Cech this summer.
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