Arsenal have told first-team goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny that he is to find a new club at the end of the current campaign, having been left frustrated by his performances between the sticks.
According to a sensational report in the Daily Express the Polish stopper is to be made surplus to requirements in north London, having already lost his No.1 spot to David Ospina in recent weeks.
Following the 2-0 loss against Southampton the youngster was said to have been caught smoking in the showers, and his father’s heavy criticism of the Gunners’ back line would have done little to calm the storm.
As a direct result it’s claimed Arsene Wenger is turning his attentions to Fiorentina No.1 - and Liverpool target - Neto, as he seeks to give the fans a ‘keeper they can place their complete faith in.
What that essentially means for Szczesny - who earns an impressive £100,000-a-week at Arsenal - if he indeed remains second-choice behind World Cup star and summer signing Ospina, is that he will be third in the pecking order, and for him that will be enough to see him depart.
Despite having looked the part during the latter stages of last season, and for a series of games this term, Szczesny’s Arsenal career has been peppered with uncertainty, and inconsistent performances have led to the general realisation that he might not be good enough to hold down the No.1 spot at a club bidding to win the Premier League.
In contrast to the 24-year-old close rivals Manchester United have the ever-impressive David de Gea - who is in fact younger than his north London counterpart - whilst Manchester City can boast England star Joe Hart in their goalmouth.
Then there’s Chelsea, who not only have Thibaut Courtois acting as their last line of defence, but the reliable Petr Cech as a backup. Even Tottenham Hotspur, who annually finish lower in the league than Arsenal, have Hugo Lloris, and so Gunners fans are left wondering why Wenger puts up with shaky displays.
Fortunately for them those days may be coming to a swift end. Neto isn’t an experienced head outside of Serie A but his contract is up in the summer, meaning that he could arrive at the Emirate Stadium on a free.