Jan Tomaszewski scared for Szczesny’s international career after Arsenal exile

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Wojciech Szczesny has not played for Arsenal since the 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

The 24-year-old stopper should start to fear for his international career if his Arsenal fortunes do not improve, according to Polish football legend Jan Tomaszewski in Przeglad Sportowy.

Szczesny has been out of the Gunners starting XI since the 2-0 defeat at Southampton, following which the Polish international was caught smoking in the showers. Summer signing David Ospina has been chosen by Arsene Wenger following that game, and he has kept three consecutive clean sheets that will probably see him remain as first-choice for the foreseeable future.

Tomaszewski has already addressed Szczesny’s exiling from the Emirates Stadium, telling Sportowefakty that he should look for a loan move away from North London to ensure that he is guaranteed consistent playing time for the remainder of the season.

And speaking to Przeglad Sportowy, the former Polish international stopper - renowned for his display against England at Wembley in 1973 - believes that Szczesny’s international career could suffer if his situation at Arsenal continues as it has been for the last few weeks. The 67-year-old indicated that even a loan to the second division would help, as it would allow Szczesny to continue featuring regularly for Poland with match practice to his name.

He said: “Wojciech must necessarily begin to play, even in the second division. Further sitting on the bench would be a big problem.

“In this situation, regardless of what decision [national team coach] Adam Nawalka makes, it will be bad. If Wojciech plays [for Poland] and makes a mistake, then the media will criticise the coach. But if he plays Boruc or Fabianski, and either of them makes a mistake, they will write that Szczesny should have played as our defenders are accustomed to him.”

The article also indicates that Nawalka intends to speak with Arsene Wenger in the coming weeks to discuss how Szczesny’s season will pan out if he does remain with Arsenal.

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