Polish Szczesny rival says 'it does not make sense' to decide number one

Artur Boruc

Southampton keeper Artur Boruc believes that for now he and Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny should not be rivals but team-mates.

The Polish national team has a rich tradition of producing fantastic goalkeeping talent over the years - and right now they have a plethora of options in the custodian department.

The likes of Przemyslaw Tyton, Tomasz Kuszczak and Lukasz Skorupsi spring to mind … while Arsenal back-up Lukasz Fabianski was called into the squad in October.

But the battle for number one is between two Premier League stars, and two in fantastic form.

A little over a year ago and there would have been no question; Wojciech Szczesny was the incumbent going into the European Championships. But he got sent off in the first game against Greece and did not usurp Tyton upon his return.

Meanwhile Boruc was sitting around watching, after being released by Fiorentina that summer.

But since then things have changed dramatically. He was signed up by Southampton as they needed a goalkeeper and regained his form. Eventually, after two years of absence from the Polish side, he was recalled in January and has been first choice since.

But at the moment he is under pressure from the young Arsenal stopper, and with a new manager in charge in the form of Adam Nawalki he faces a battle to hold on to the position.

With friendly matches against Slovakia and Republic of Ireland scheduled for this week Boruc has a chance to stamp his authority on the role, but he also concedes that Szczesny is likely to get a chance at the position.

When asked by Polish website Fakt he had this to say on the matter:

‘’As long as we play friendlies it does not make sense to say who is number one. The coach will be testing many players, because these are friendlies. So in all these gatherings are for us, for us, so we team up. Rivalry does not matter now.’’

It is certainly an interesting battle, and one that will rumble on for many a month yet.

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