Jerzy Dudek has encouraged Wojciech Szczesny to consider his options this summer after losing his place in Arsenal's starting line-up.
The former Liverpool goalkeeper, who was the hero when Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005, believes Arsene Wenger is now set on David Ospina and doesn't see Szczesny winning his place back any time soon.
Szczesny was dropped after a horror show against Southampton on New Year's Day after he was caught smoking in the dressing room showers following an error-filled performance. Ospina has since established himself as a good alternative to the Polish international and looks set to keep his place until at least the end of the season.
Dudek, a former Polish international himself, believes it is time for Szczesny to consider his future at the club.
"I would wonder whether there are still opportunities to arise at Arsenal and wouldn’t wait as long as Fabianski"
“It’s a serious matter,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
No place at Arsenal
“If I were in his place, I would wonder whether there are still opportunities to arise at Arsenal and wouldn’t wait as long as Fabianski, because you can see that Arsene Wenger is firmly set on David Ospina.
“Fortunately, [Poland] have two other goalkeepers who are able to provide an adequate level in our goal.”
With Szczesny only appearing in FA Cup games for the Gunners, it is possible that the 24-year-old will only play one more game this season. As a result, Dudek expects him to lose his place in Poland's national team as well.
“Lukasz Fabianski is in excellent form and, on the other hand, Artur Boruc is very experienced,” he added.
“I think [Adam] Nawalka [Poland manager] will wait to make the decision until the very end. Wojciech is the least likely to play in the match with Ireland.”
So much was expected from Szczesny when he first broke through the Arsenal ranks. Wenger handed him a huge long-term deal worth £100,000-a-week as well as an almost guaranteed starting place. But Szczesny has not hit the heights expected.
Arsenal face a huge decision in the summer, especially with a player like Petr Cech appearing to be available. They must decide whether Szczesny still has time to reach his potential or whether they need a world-class goalkeeper now.
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