Poland manager Franciszek Smuda has confirmed that Wojciech Szczesny will return to the side for their crunch final group encounter with the Czech Republic.
Szczesny was suspended for last night’s 1-1 draw with Andrei Arshavin’s Russia following his sending off against Greece in the opening game of the tournament. His replacement, Przemyslaw Tyton, made himself a hero saving the subsequent penalty with his first touch, but the Polish manager has enough faith in the Arsenal man to restore him to the side straight away.
“Wojciech Szczęsny is our No1 goalkeeper and there is no doubt about that, so there is a chance that he will return for the next game”, he said.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has claimed that ‘psychological’ issues prevent Lukasz Fabianski from realising his potential. Speaking in the Polish press, Wenger said, “Let me surprise you: Łukasz Fabiański could become the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, even better than Wojtek Szczęsny. He has incredible skills and dynamics.
“His problem is psychological – he relives his every mistake or bench time. I was hoping that Euro 2012 might help him; his injury is a great misfortune.”
It is well known that Fabianski has been unable to translate his impressive training ground performances to the first team but it’s interesting that the manager has made it so abundantly clear that this weakness exists, especially when Fabianski has made it clear he’d like to leave the club this summer.
However, hopefully the comments about his raw talent will be enough for any potential suitors to make their moves. The situation is complicated by the shoulder injury he picked up just before the Euros so any deal would hinge on that clearing up.
Cheers to Matt at Gunners.com.pl for the translation.