Former Arsenal manager George Graham told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he can’t see goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny leaving the club.
The Pole’s position comes under threat if the Gunners complete a deal for Petr Cech, but Graham has suggested that Arsene Wenger won’t let him go anywhere?
The reason? Graham suggests it’s all to do with the rules relating to the number of ‘home grown’ players each Premier League side is obliged to have in their squad.
“I think they’ll definitely keep Szczesny. He’s made mistakes in the past, but the rule about home based players, even though he’s not English, means he qualifies,” he said.
Reasons for keeping Szczesny
Other than the idea that he qualifies as a home based player, he’s not a bad goalkeeper.
He is prone to the odd error, but he has experience playing behind the current crop of Arsenal players and is a predominantly solid player when he features in the team.
He buys into Arsene Wenger’s philosophy at the club and understands the importance of being able to play the ball out neatly from the back.
Will he be willing to stay?
If Cech comes in, there is an argument to suggest that Szczesny won’t be willing to sit on the bench every week and that could force the club into selling him.
Where he’d go is difficult to predict but Cech would ultimately mean much longer for the Pole in terms of sitting on the bench then he’s perhaps been used to over the last couple of seasons.
That could be difficult for him to accept.