Sunday 26 June 2016

EURO 2016 LATEST Visit Euro 2016 Hub

Fri 10th June

Sat 11th June

Sun 12th June

Mon 13th June

Tue 14th June

Wed 15th June

Thu 16th June

Fri 17th June

Sat 18th June

Sun 19th June

Mon 20th June

Sat 25th June

Today's Fixtures

France FRA

Rep of Ireland IRL

14:00

Germany GER

Slovakia SVK

17:00

Hungary HUN

Belgium BEL

20:00

Mon 27th June

Italy ITA

Spain ESP

17:00

England ENG

Iceland ISL

20:00


Szczesny distances himself from outburst

Published 21/03/2013 | 15:36

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

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has distanced himself from inflammatory comments made by his father in a Polish newspaper on Wednesday.

In an interview, Maciej Szczesny accused Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger of using his son as a scapegoat for the club's poor season. He made the comments after Szczesny was dropped for Arsenal's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, with Wenger claiming the 22-year-old had been "mentally affected" by the number of games played.

The Poland international was then put on the bench for the Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, and said on Arsenal's official website: "I would like to apologise for the comments made by my father which have been used by both Polish and English media. I'd like to make it clear that those were the views and opinions of my father and not mine."

He added: "And although I respect his views I cannot accept them as I find them disrespectful to the club I truly love.

"I have been at Arsenal Football Club for seven years now and I have always shown my full respect to the club, Arsene Wenger, all the coaching staff, my team-mates and the fans.

"I've always felt that I received great support from the manager and the fans and I am fully focused on getting back to my best. I am proud to be a part of Arsenal and I see my future at this great club."

Szczesny's father, a former Poland international himself, was quoted as saying on Wednesday: "Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat. It is not the way the boss should behave.

"Wojciech has had two serious injuries. He played with one in April and May (last year). He shouldn't have agreed to play that time, but the coach insisted.

"Wojciech did not train the whole week and then a warm up on Friday and played the match on Saturday. He was naturally more susceptible to minor injuries and his form was going down.

"In my opinion Mr Wenger messed up a lot in April and May. I don't blame the young man who went along with his coach, his current lack of form is a result of those two months."

Press Association

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport