Arsene Wenger fails to confirm Wojciech Szczesny starting spot

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Arsene Wenger refused to confirm whether Wojciech Szczesny would start in the FA Cup Final despite being his cup goalkeeper this season. 

After falling behind David Ospina in the number one pecking order following a poor performance against Southampton and a post-match changing room controversy in January, the Pole has been used in the domestic cup instead.

But in his pre-match press conference, Wenger said: “I won’t tell you who will start. Most of the time the heroes are the ones who come on. Let’s approach it as a whole squad.”

Ospina played in the third round against Hull City but Szczesny was picked for the games against Brighton, Middlesbrough, Manchester United and Reading.


Wenger has a history of rotating his goalkeepers for the cup, as last seasons victorious campaign proved with number two Lukasz Fabianksi playing en route to securing a first trophy in nine years for the Gunners.

Fabianksi was assured of his place in the week leading up to the final and even played the final game of last season against Norwich City to get some minutes ahead of the final, something Wenger didn’t do this season.

Szczesny doubts 

The Frenchman’s refusal to confirm Szczesny’s place in the showpiece game at Wembley and the 25-year-old’s lack of game time, with Ospina playing against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, puts doubt on his involvement.

Of course Wenger doesn't have to name starters days before the game, but it would be a massive kick in the teeth if Szczesny was to miss out two years running.

The Arsenal manager was able to rule-out Danny Welbeck through injury. Welbeck scored the winner to knock out his old club Manchester United and started up-front in the semi-final over Reading. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian and Mathieu Debuchy are available.

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