Wojciech Szczesny set to start in FA Cup final

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Wojciech Szczesny is set to start for Arsenal in today's FA Cup final ahead of the club's current No.1 David Ospina. 

This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the Gunners chief will hand the Polsih international a place in his starting XI as the Gunners go about retaining the cup against Aston Villa at Wembley. 

Szczesny, of course, didn't feature in the final last season, but has played a key role in this season's run after losing his place to Ospina in the Premier League. 

In fact, the 'keeper recently admitted that he's hoping to star in the final, with Wenger now set to play him. 

Szczesny stated: “I did get a medal last season but it hasn’t got the full flavour if you didn’t play in the final. This year I’m hoping I can claim that trophy and be satisfied.

“Last year it was a straightforward decision. Lukasz played throughout the competition and I knew he would play in the final.

“This year I only missed the first game and have played the rest, but it’s the manager’s decision.”

Chance to shine

If the report is to be believed, and Szczesny does start this evening, then he will be determined to prove his critics wrong and play a key role in the showdown. 

At the end of the day, having lost his place in the side, this season has been a real struggle for the shot-stopper, so he will no doubt be hoping to end it on a high today. There's no doubt about it, he must forget about his long term future, and concentrate on securing the silverware for the Gunners. 

Perhaps, a good showing today will give him the opportunity to start next season afresh. It's a big day for all those involved at Arsenal, especially Szczesny. 

Arsenal fans: Are you pleased that Szczesny now looks set to start? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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