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Wojciech Szcesny's Dad labels Per Mertesacker a "Rhinoceros"

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The midfielder was shown around the Arsenal training ground last month and his agent has confirmed that the deal is close. “We are speaking and hopefully we will find a solution,” his agent Cezary Kucharski told Guardian sport.

The youngster added: "I’ve made a decision [to join Arsenal] and I’m not going to change it,” he said. “I am looking forward to an agreement between the heads of the clubs. I realise that the negotiations may take some time. I am, however, confident it will happen soon.”

Sczesny's father blasts Arsenal team-mates

Wojciech Sczcesny’s father has given an explosive interview in which he brands the Arsenal defend as rubbish, and claimed Per Mertesacker has the agility of a rhino.

Szczesny was dropped for the FA Cup clash against Hull last weekend after a sub-par display against Southampton and has come in for criticism for his performances of late, but his Dad says the blame for Arsenal's form lays elsewhere.

“He made a mistake for the first [Southampton] goal, coming too far from the goal, but please look at the Arsenal defence – how these guys are playing is a disaster, but for some reason, nobody pays any attention to it,” said Szczesny Sr.

Problems

“Laurent Koscielny should immediately have run [back] to protect Wojciech, and Per Mertesacker should have stood in the goal. Unfortunately they did not do that and gave him zero support, and in that situation Mertesacker showed the agility of a rhinoceros.

“Wojciech is often paying for it [the mistakes], and that he really cares. He needs someone who will critically analyse every game with him, but also remain positive. Someone should support him but the coaching staff at Arsenal are not doing that; meanwhile the entire defence this season is an embarrassment.”

Allegations

He also defended his son against allegations that he was fined £20,000 for smoking in the showers after Arsenal's 2-0 defeat against Southampton.

"What the British papers wrote about my son smoking under the shower after Southampton game, this is bollocks,” he said. It doesn’t surprise me as they are known for making stuff up. I have heard Wojciech smokes sometimes but he’s not that stupid to smoke in the dressing room.”

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