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Wojciech Szczesny facing Arsenal bench in FA Cup final

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering whether or not to start Wojciech Szczesny in Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa, reports The Telegraph.

Such a decision would cast serious doubt over the Pole's future at the Emirates with reports already tipping him to leave this summer.

Szczesny has been the goalkeeper in all but one of Arsenal's FA Cup ties this season after losing his place in the Premier League and Champions League teams to David Ospina in January.

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Wenger dropped a big hint that Szczesny would not play in the final last Sunday after opting to start Opsina in the largely irrelevant final Premier League tie against West Brom.

Last season, Wenger allowed his cup goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski to start their final Premier League game in order to warm up for the Wembley showdown against Hull City.

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Exit door looming

But Szczesny remained on the bench for the the 4-1 victory and, despite a couple of worrying errors from Ospina during that game, could be taking up a similar position against Aston Villa.

Regardless of whether Szczesny starts on Saturday, the 25-year-old will seek crunch talks with Wenger over his future in north London. But snubbing him for the final would certainly move him a significant step closer to the exit door.

Wenger's disappointment

Wenger was left fuming after catching Szczesny smoking in the dressing room shower following a particularly poor performance against Southampton on New Year's Day.

Having invested so much time and money into the young goalkeeper, there is a sense of disappointment that Szczesny has not taken advantage of his enormous potential.

Arsenal handed Szczesny a huge deal worth £100,000-a-week in 2013 to show their commitment but have been let down. The ultimate punishment for Szczesny could be a place on the transfer list.

Replacement

Arsenal are expected to fight tooth and nail to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea this summer but famous an arduous task in getting Jose Mourinho to sell him to a direct Premier League rival.

Cech seems to favour a move across London and would certainly command a first choice place at the Emirates. It would also effectively see one of Szczesny or Ospina leave.

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