Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny sees absence benefit for Simon Mignolet

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Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny is backing goalkeeping counterpart Simon Mignolet to respond positively to a period of enforced absence at Liverpool.

Simon Mignolet has found himself unceremoniously benched at Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers says the Belgian goalkeeper will remain on the fringes of his plans ‘indefinitely’, with Brad Jones promoted in his place.

Mignolet has paid the price for a string of uninspiring displays, with there a feeling that he has lost the trust of his defence and manager.

This need not spell the end of his career at Anfield, though.

Joe Hart was dropped by Manchester City for a spell last season, but returned to see them over the line in their Premier League title charge.

Wojciech Szczesny is another of those to have responded positively to an enforced spell on the sidelines.

The Pole fell out of favour under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal after struggling for form and confidence, be he says a break did him good and believes Mignolet should be looking to take positives out of a testing situation.

Szczesny told Sky Sports: “He’s a top goalkeeper. We’ve all made mistakes and had bad spells before. He has to take that on the chin.

“Being taken out of the team for a short amount of time is sometimes good. It happened to me two years ago, I was out of the team for about a month, but came back stronger and sharper and more relaxed.

“I’m sure he’ll come back much stronger and a better keeper. I really like him, I support him and I’m sure he will be fine.”

Mignolet may want to track Szczesny down at Anfield on Sunday when Arsenal roll into Merseyside.

He will find himself in the uncomfortable position of watching on as a rival shot-stopper seeks to stake a claim to the number one berth on a long-term basis.

It is, however, important that the former Sunderland man keeps his head up, with Liverpool having had enough belief in his ability to invest £9 million in him just 18 months ago.

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