Player’s father lashes out at Wenger
The father of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has criticised the club’s handling of his son.
Macej Szczesny lambasted Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for the way the Pole has been treated by the club, in the light of the player’s recent appearances on the bench, with Lukasz Fabianski being the preferred starting choice.
Wenger justified his decision to drop Szczesny from the games against Bayern Munich and Swansea by saying the young ‘keeper was ‘mentally affected’ by too much game time this season, however Macej, who like his son was a Polish international, claimed that the French manager has forced Wojciech to play through injury on numerous occasions.
Szczesny senior even went on to suggest that Wenger had made a ‘scapegoat’ out of his son, and had laid blame on him for the team’s inconsistency this season, and had punished the stopper by demoting him to the bench.
The player’s father said, “Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat. It is not the way the boss should behave,” according to Sky Sports. “Wojciech played with two serious injuries in April and May last year. He shouldn’t have agreed to play, but the coach insisted.
“He was naturally more susceptible to minor injuries and his form was going down. Wenger was playing with the young man’s good health and Wojciech agreed foolishly.
“In my opinion Mr Wenger messed up a lot. 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.
“Then in August there was a foot (ankle) 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?”
Szczesny has played 72 times for Arsenal since joining them in 2006 from Legia Warsaw, and his performances have seen him win 13 caps for his native Poland, who he is currently on international duty with.
However it is understood that Southampton’s Artur Boruc will play in goal for the team’s two international fixtures in the coming week.