Wojciech Szczesny has demanded showdown talks with Arsene Wenger over his Arsenal future with the goalkeeper fearing he will have to leave this summer, reports The Sun.
The Polish stopper has not played a Premier League game for the Gunners since New Year's Day in a 2-0 defeat at Southampton.
Not only was Szczesny at fault for both goals, but he was caught smoking in the dressing room after the game. Wenger fined him £20,000 for the indiscretion and swapped him for David Ospina.
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Upturn in form
Arsenal have won 15 of the 17 games since Ospina's introduction and the Colombian is now the firm first-choice for Wenger. There are also movements in the transfer market that could spell a premature end for Szczesny's career in north London.
Wenger is believed to be weighing up a move for Chelsea's Petr Cech. Jose Mourinho is ready to sell the goalkeeper for £10million this summer and it is believed the Czech Republic international will be allowed to join Arsenal if he wants to.
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But Cech's arrival at the Emirates would push Szczesny down to first-choice. With a current wage of £100,000-a-week, the 24-year-old would be ripe for the chop should Cech join.
Szczesny is willing to stay at the club and fight for his place, but he is also aware that there is a chance that he may no longer feature in Wenger's long-term plans. If that is the case, he will want to leave as soon as possible.
Now he is seeking clear-the-air talks with the Gunners boss to clarify whether or not he still features in his thoughts. If Cech is a No.1 transfer target, it is likely Szczesny will ask for a transfer.
Wenger would hate to see Szczesny leave. The Arsenal manager has invested a lot of time and money into the goalkeeper he originally signed as a 16-year-old. It is reported that Wenger turned down the chance to sign Hugo Lloris in 2012 to aid Szczesny's development.
However, Szczesny has let both Wenger and Arsenal down. He has failed to fulfill his potential and is staring down the barrel of a mediocre career when it could have been an outstanding one.
Is it time for Arsenal to sell Wojciech Szczesny or does he still have what it takes to make it? Give us your opinion in the comment box below!
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