We take a look at why Wojciech Szczesny is still a good bet to become Arsene Wenger’s first-choice again next season.
Szczesny was able to cap off a disappointing season, which has seen him dropped to the bench for Premier League games, by lifting the FA Cup following a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
The Polish international played the full 90 minutes in the final, keeping a clean sheet in the process, in what was his last chance to stake his claim to be the Gunners’ first-choice next season when the action starts all over again in August.
Talking over his current situation at the club, the Polish international has been quoted on talkSPORT as saying: ‘’I fully accept the boss’ decisions, whatever they may be.
"Of course, it's understandable that your pride feels hurt and your ambition dented. That's only natural and to be expected.
"People love to speculate and people love to gossip a bit. But I love this club and I don't want to ever leave it."
The North London club have been linked with the likes of Chelsea’s Petr Cech, as reported by the Mirror, and Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas, as reported in the Metro, as they reportedly go about appointing a new number one for next season.
Why should Arsenal stick with Szczesny?
To overlook Szczesny’s achievements and development at Arsenal due to a poor few months would be ridiculous.
The Pole has been a stalwart in between the posts for Wenger since 2011 and has always proved himself to be one of the better goalkeepers in the division, despite facing fierce competition from elsewhere.
This season, although he hasn’t lived up to his own standards, after he was dropped from Premier League duty in favour of David Ospina he went on to play a key role in winning the FA Cup and was pivotal in helping the Gunners to the final in the first place.
Opsina, who has performed admirably since taking over the number role from Szczesny, will also want to keep the place he has earned from last season, but could also become a casualty if Wenger decides to look elsewhere.
A new keeper may seem the more exciting option for the Gunners. However, giving the Polish international another chance over the summer could go a long way to saving the North London side a lot of money. Ospina will be playing in the Copa America as well, which gives Szczesny a great chance to push himself back into the side.