Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Wojciech Szczesny could be replaced in the first-team when imminent new signing David Ospina arrives at the club.
According to the Daily Express the Frenchman revealed that his Polish stopper's status as the unrivalled No.1 at the Emirates Stadium could be under considerable duress if Ospina hits the ground running, with the Colombian having been signed after his eye-catching performances at the World Cup.
With both Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano having left the Gunners this summer - the former for Swansea City and the latter having seen his loan spell end - Wenger needed a new ‘keeper to provide Szczesny with competition. And, though the current first-choice will be given the benefit of the doubt, the Arsenal boss did concede that things could change quickly based on form.
“At the start Szczesny will be the No.1, then we’ll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play," he said.
Should Szczesny be dropped?
This follows claims from several quarters for Wenger to install a more reliable man between the sticks, given Szczesny’s erratic form in seasons past. The 24-year-old looked more assured last term, but the general consensus is that there is better available and, despite the fact that Poland international is young, it remains to be seen whether or not he’ll hold onto his spot for the long run.
Ospina proved in Brazil that he is a capable stopper when called upon, and his service for current club Nice in France has seen him gather an impressive reputation in Ligue 1. The 25-year-old will arrive in north London targeting the No.1 jersey, and from the looks of it Szczesny is going to have to work very hard indeed to make sure he doesn’t have it.