Report: Arsenal ‘keeper to be dropped for Saints loanee by national coach

Wojciech Szczesny is to be dropped by Poland for Artur Boruc.

Szczesny has been out of the Gunners starting XI for a number of weeks now, having made headlines for his exploits on and off the field.

David Ospina has taken his chance in the first-team, and has excelled, and his good form has coincided with the Gunners best period of the season.

Szczesny missing out on consistent first-team football has not done much for his international career, which, despite being Poland’s first choice goalkeeper, looks like it could be under threat. The 24-year-old has 22 caps to his name, but, as per a report in Przeglad Sportowy, he will be dropped for Poland’s next fixture against Ireland.

The Poles face Ireland in the qualification campaign for the 2016 European Championship and, with Szczesny coming against competition from Artur Boruc and Lukas Fabianski, it appears as if he will lose his place.

In the report, it is stated that Polish legend Jan Tomaszewski spoke to national head coach Adam Nawalka, who confirmed that Boruc will start. Nawalka has spoken to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who confirmed that Szczesny will not be returning to action soon, and for that reason will be dropped.

Boruc is currently on loan at Championship side Bournemouth from Southampton, and is helping the South Coast club defy expectations in the second tier with a fight for promotion. The 35-year-old has been capped 59 times for his nation and is set to line up for the 60th time in Dublin.

What does this mean for Szczesny?

With his national career on the line as well as his Arsenal career, one would hope that the Polish snub is enough to spark Szczesny into reviving his career. He needs to become more professional, because he is a top level goalkeeper, but right now it looks as if he will have to remain on the sidelines with Ospina in great form.

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