Wojciech Szczesny set for showdown talks: Arsenal news round-up

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is set for crunch talks with Arsene Wenger over his future, after growing increasingly worried over a three-month absence from first-team action in the Premier League.

Szczesny was dropped in favour of David Ospina after he was caught smoking in the showers following a 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Years Day, with a string of sub-par performances also a major part of that decision.

The Evening Standard believes the Polish international is very concerned his international place is now in jeopardy alongside fears Wenger's lost faith him in permanently, which means there will be showdown talks to discuss his situation at the end of the season.

New number one on the way this summer?

Wenger has been very patient with Szczesny in the past, snubbing the chance to recruit a world-class keeper two years ago to let the Pole fight with compatriot Lukasz Fabianski for a starting spot between the posts.

Fabianski was replaced by Ospina last summer and ironically Szczesny now finds himself in the role of FA Cup keeper, one which could spell the end of his time at Arsenal without a change as it did for the now Swansea City stopper.

Could Cech be his replacement

Szczesny has every right to hold reservations about his position at Arsenal, because Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is available this summer and has a proven track record at the very highest level.

Arsenal are attempting to establish if Blues boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sell Cech to a direct rival, but believe the Czech veteran would be open to staying in London and the Premier League if the move is sanctioned.

That puts Szczesny's future in further doubt, which is a shame when you consider the 24-year-old's immense potential. The man voted Brentford's keeper of the decade has not kicked on over the last 18 months though and ultimately could pay a heavy price for that dip in standards.

Walcott's future also uncertain

Elsewhere there is also doubt over another player Arsenal fans are particularly fond of in wing wizard Theo Walcott. The England international has been a peripheral figure in 2015 to put it politely, despite scoring in two of his three Premier League starts.

Walcott only has a year left on his contract and with first-team opportunities thin on the ground at present don't expect the speed demon to sign a new deal any time soon.

The Mirror believe the race for his signature is very much on, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester United all waiting to see what happens and hoping a cut-price summer deal is on the cards.

Reus considered as a replacement

The Telegraph believes that Wenger is already considering alternatives to Walcott, with Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus on that shortlist.

Reus only signed a new deal with Dortmund last month, but Arsenal are reportedly confident they could persuade Reus to move and have the financial resources to make it happen.

Walcott's potential exit plus the sales of Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell would free up space to spend big on Reus, although now he's under contract until 2019 that deal would surely cost a small fortune.

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