Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has pledged his long-term future to the north London club after promising supporters in the aftermath of Saturday's FA Cup final success that he's staying at the Emirates Stadium for good.
The Poland international has been heavily linked with a possible exit when the transfer window reopens this summer after losing his place in Arsene Wenger's starting XI to David Ospina.
Szczesny has had to settle for a bit-part role playing in the cup competitions, but insists he remains as happy as ever at the Gunners and has no plans to leave the club at the end of the season.
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“People like to speculate, but I’m happy where I am," he is quoted saying by the Daily Mirror. "I’ve got all the support in the world from the manager.
“I’ve had lots of conversations with him so you can stop your gossip now because I’m here for good. I will definitely stay at Arsenal."
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The 25-year-old's future has been the subject of much speculation ever since his disastrous showing in the 2-0 defeat against Southampton at St Mary's on New Year's Day.
Rumours were rife that Szczesny was caught smoking in the Arsenal dressing room after the game - conduct that did not go down well with Wenger.
The club did not deny the assertion which suggested that it did indeed carry some weight. But, based on the stopper's latest comments he's regained the faith of Wenger and his future is no longer in doubt.
“I’m grateful to the manager. He’s been very good to me during the past couple of months, which have not been easy for me," he explained. “But he’s been very good, shown me all the support in the world and I’m very thankful he let me play in the [FA Cup] final.
“I didn’t really get a chance to disappoint him today, but I’m very happy with the clean sheet. We topped the season off with a great performance.”
In the build-up to the weekend's Wembley showdown it had been debated whether or not Szczesny would retain his place between the sticks, particularly after untimely quotes criticising Wenger that were accredited to his father came to light.
However, the former Legia Warsaw man was selected and did not disappoint during the emphatic 4-0 victory, which might improve his chances of challenging Ospina for the No.1 spot again next season.
Arsenal have been credited with an interest in signing Chelsea veteran Petr Cech, though, which would make Szczesny's task of reclaiming his place even more difficult in 2015/16 with the 32-year-old surely going to be guaranteed regular football to convince him to cross the capital.
Arsenal fans: Would you be happy to see Wojciech Szczesny restored to No.1 next season? Or is the Pole's time in north London up, irrespective of what he says? Have your say in the comment box below...
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