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Saturday 21 October 2017

Szczesny backs Wenger after father’s outburst

Wojciech Szczesny, pictured, insists he 'loves' Arsenal after his father criticised them
Wojciech Szczesny, pictured, insists he 'loves' Arsenal after his father criticised them

Mark Bryans

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has distanced himself from comments made by his father about Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger and admits current first-choice Lukasz Fabianski has been in better form.

Maciej Szczesny accused Wenger of using his son as a scapegoat for the club's poor season. The father made the comments after his son was dropped for the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich last week, with Wenger claiming the 22-year-old had been "mentally affected" by the number of games he has played.

The Poland international was then put on the bench for the Premier League win at Swansea, where Fabianski kept a second consecutive clean sheet.

Wojciech has revealed he expected to be dropped. "I'm a realist. I saw what was happening in training, who was in better form. The manager told me what will happen in the next few weeks. I was ready to watch the Bayern game on TV.

"Of course, I would have preferred to play, but Lukasz was in better form.

"I don't think any player is more important than the club. If the team won two games and I was not playing, then I have no complaints. The important thing is winning."

Irish Independent

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