Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faces a dilemma: does he start Wojciech Szczesny or Lukasz Fabianski? And will he enter the market for a new goalkeeper this summer?
Szczesny is fighting to save his Arsenal career after he was dropped for last week's Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich and the 2-0 win against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League last Saturday.
Rumours started to circulate last week about why the goalkeeper was excluded for the clash against Bayern Munich, but Wenger claimed simply that Szczesny had been "mentally affected" by the number of games he has played this season.
Wenger has insisted that the 22-year-old remains part of his long-term plans, while Szczesny has stated he will stay and fight for his place at the club he joined as a 16-year-old from Legia Warsaw in 2006.
Szczesny was replaced by Fabianski, who kept a clean sheet in both games, which means Szczesny is likely to remain on the bench for the club's forthcoming fixtures.
Fabianski started his first Arsenal game for 13 months in Munich but did enough to convince Wenger that he deserved another chance last Saturday against Swansea, and Fabianski continued the rich vain of form he showed in Munich, making some vital saves to keep the Gunners in the game.
The 27-year-old has only played 64 games in six years at the Emirates Stadium and is available on a free transfer in the summer, when his contract expires.
However, regardless of Fabianski’s recent performances, there is no suggestion at the moment that he will be offered a new deal.
This is possibly due to Wenger targeting a proven goalkeeper in the next transfer window, with highly-rated goalkeepers such as Victor Valdes, Asmir Begovic, Michel Vorm and Pepe Reina rumoured to be on a short-list to become Arsenal’s next first-choice shot-stopper.
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