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Wojciech Szczesny sold himself to Manchester United on FIFA 15

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has made the ultimate sacrifice by selling himself to Manchester United on FIFA 15, to fund a blockbuster deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Poland international cashed in on his own services in career mode of the EA Sports game, making the controversial switch to Old Trafford to generate £18.5 million of transfer kitty.

Szczesny severed ties with the Gunners as he thought it was in the north London club's best interests, initially planning to reinvest the money on a new defensive midfielder at the Emirates Stadium.

However, once it became clear that Ibrahimovic was available he changed plans and swooped for the talismanic Sweden international, despite Arsene Wenger's wealth of attacking options currently available to him in north London.

With Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal are not exactly short in that area of their squad - and that's before you even consider the likes of Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo - who can also provide additional cover at the focal point of attack.

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"I guess it was worth replacing Szczesny with Ibrahimovic."

Explaining his motivation over the fictitious transfer dealings, the 24-year-old - who has been with the Gunners since 2008 - defended his eventual decision, suggesting the excitement surrounding the arrival of a marquee signing like Ibrahimovic would far outweigh the fans' disappointment over his own departure.

"In other words, I just sold Szczesny," the stopper was quoted by the London Evening Standard telling Polish TV. "[I sold him to] Manchester United, following in Tomasz Kuszczak's footsteps.

"They offered me £18.5m. I thought 'I'm going to buy a solid defensive midfielder with that'.

"Look, Arsenal's new hero. Look who I bought," he added. "Ibrahimovic! I guess it was worth replacing Szczesny with Ibrahimovic."

There's no denying that the high-profile acquisition of the enigmatic PSG star would go down well with the Gunners faithful, but truthfully Wenger's squad has been crying out for a holding midfielder for the past two years, ever since Alex Song left for Barcelona in the summer of 2012.

So, whilst Szczesny might have entertained supporters at the prospect of bringing in Ibrahimovic, he's actually made exactly the same transfer failure as the real Arsenal boss in his game of FIFA 15.

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