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Arsene Wenger says Wojciech Szczesny’s loss of form is “normal”

Wojciech Szczesny has lost his place in the Arsenal starting XI but Arsene Wenger says that there are no issues over the goalkeeper’s long term future at the Emirates and insists that it is “normal” for a ‘keeper to suffer a dip in form.

Arsenal’s recent resurgence in form has coincided with Wojciech Szczesny’s absence from the team with the young Pole being dropped in favour of his compatriot Lukas Fabianski. Fabianksi started the away win over Bayern Munich, the 2-0 victory over Swansea and the subsequent wins over Reading and West Brom.

Arsene Wenger insists, however, that Szczesny’s future at the Emirates is not in question and claims that it is “normal” for a goalkeepers to go through dips in form.

“What is happening is a normal process of any career,” said Wenger.

“Lehmann and Seaman had their blips and periods where they were less good.”


Szczesny’s father did not help his son though when he publicly criticised Wenger for apparently making Wocjiech a scapegoat for Arsenal’s poor form. Wenger refused to comment on the quotes and claimed that he has not spoken to the player about the issue.

“I haven’t spoken to him (about his father’s comments), but I believe he responded very well. There is a not a lot more to say,” said Wenger.

“We are in a competitive world – he has played 100 games for this club and at his age that is absolutely fantastic.

“For the rest, we have ups and downs in our form and we have to fight against that.

“Wojciech 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, but he lives in a world where competition exists.”

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