Arsenal star Wojciech Szczesny may not be able to force his way back into Arsene Wenger’s first-team in a permanent capacity but at least he’s been offered some solace from one of his former clubs.
As tweeted by the club’s official Twitter account the Polish stopper has been named as Brentford FC’s best goalkeeper of the last decade,.having spent the 2009/10 season on loan at Griffin Park.
In a poll undertaken by fans of the Championship outfit, Szczesny beat the likes of Stuart Nelson, Ben Hamer, Richard Lee and Simon Moore to the accolade, despite the fact he played just one solitary campaign for the Bees.
Rise of Brentford
Of course he could end up staring at Brentford from the other side of the pitch next year, with them well in the mix of clubs closing in on promotion to the Premier League. The west London outfit, who played in League One during Szczesny’s time there, currently sit sixth in England’s second division, and just six points currently separate them from automatic promotion.
Their recent success follows a long period of development at the club, with Mark Warburton having steered them upwards having assumed the reigns after the departure of Uwe Rosler.
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Whilst they teeter on the brink of what would be a historic promotion to the big time there’s sure to be a heightened sense of anticipation around Griffin Park, although Watford, Ipswich Town, Derby County and Bournemouth currently stand between them and the automatic promotion positions.
As for Szczesny his ambitions will be slightly less impressive than the club who are so obviously thankful for his services in the past. Having only played once since the dire New Year’s day defeat to Southampton, the ‘keeper seems to have lost his place to David Ospina, and though it’s said Arsene Wenger will give him another chance at redemption in the FA Cup clash against Middlesborough, it will take an incredible effort to banish the cloud of doubt hanging over his head.
For fans at the Emirates Stadium have seen too many inconsistent performances from the young ‘keeper to fully trust him between the sticks, and though Ospina looks to have his own flaws needed to be ironed out, for the moment he’s a more reliable option. What that will mean come the summer is anyone’s guess, with Wenger sure to assess his squad in a manner that will highlight any perceived weak chinks.
Arsenal fans, should Szczesny be shown the door at the end of the season? Or could he become a quality ‘keeper yet? Let us know in the comments box below...