Arsenal legend Bob Wilson tells Arsene Wenger to stand by Wojciech Szczesny

Chambers, Wilshere, Szczesny celebrate

The Polish stopper has found himself in trouble at the start of the New Year.

It is far to say that it has not been a great start to the year for Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Polish stopper first had the misfortune of being at fault for at least one, perhaps both, of Southampton's goals in the recent Premier League defeat against their top four rivals.

He then received some negative criticism for his reaction after conceding the second goal, just casually picking up his drink and downing the embarrassment away.

To make matters worse, he was then caught smoking in the Arsenal dressing room at St Marys and was subsequently slapped with an apparent £20,000 fine.

David Ospina played the next game, but the summer signing was always due to face Hull City. However reports are now claiming that the Colombian international, signed from Nice in the summer, will also keep goal against Stoke on Sunday.

But Szczesny still has the support of one Arsenal goalkeeping legend, Bob Wilson.

Wilson, who played 308 times for Arsenal between 1963-74 and was also goalkeeping coach at Arsenal until 2002, believes Szczesny must remain the Arsenal number one for now.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard he said:

“Wojciech deserves to be the Arsenal No1 at this time. What niggles me about this recent criticism after the Southampton game is that if people go back four days to the West Ham game, his performance was so good he won us the three points...

“He did not have his best game [v Southampton] but most ex-keepers would say the last thing you want to do with your No1 goalie is give him a rest. If I was goalkeeping coach there now and Arsene was asking me, I would say, ‘don’t drop him’.

“The people in the know should recognise who is the best goalkeeper there. Ospina looked pretty good at the World Cup and he looked fine in the Hull game. He made a couple of really good catches and made one save low down. But that is all he had to do. It wasn’t a serious test.”

But while Wilson argues the case of Szczesny on the pitch there is little doubt that his off-field indiscretion needs to be punished and that Ospina is as good as, if not a better, goalkeeper than Szczesny anyway.

Time will tell what Wenger decides for the weekend.

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