Wojciech Szczesny is ready to stay and fight for his future at Arsenal even though he expects Petr Cech to join from Chelsea this summer, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The Poland international was absent from Arsenal's Premier League starting XI for much of the second half of last season after losing his place to David Ospina in early January.
With Arsene Wenger chasing a deal for Cech it seemed that Szczesny's time at the Emirates was coming to an end.
But it now seems that Ospina is the more likely of the pair to leave if Cech arrives from Stamford Bridge with Szczesny ready to commit to the club. That is despite the fact that Cech would almost certainly become Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.
The reason behind Szczesny's willingness to remain in north London is threefold. The 25-year-old wants to repay the commitment granted to him by Wenger, who granted him the opportunity to be Arsenal's No.1 at the tender age of 21 after turning down the chance to sign Hugo Lloris from Lyon in 2012.
He is also very aware that at 25-years-old, he still has over a decade left at the highest level of the game and also recognises the amount he could learn from a world-class goalkeeper like Cech.
Learning from the best
The 33-year-old is one of the Premier League's most experienced shot stoppers and would certainly be able to impart a tremendous amount of wisdom before possibly handing the jersey back to Szczesny in several years time.
But Szczesny must first win back Wenger's trust, who was left fuming after catching the goalkeeper smoking in Southampton's dressing room following a particularly poor display.
Lack of Professionalism
Pictures also emerged last week showing Szczesny smoking in Poland amid growing concerns that he has still not adopted to professional attitude required to fulfil his potential.
Szczesny would also generate a bigger transfer fee than Ospina as he retains homegrown status. However, outside the top six, it seems there is little demand for a goalkeeper, even for one with over 100 Premier League appearances.
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