Wojciech Szczesny has given his backing to skipper Robin van Persie as long as he remains an Arsenal player, even if the world and his mother knows that there’s about two chances of the Dutchman playing for the club again.
Speaking to local journalists when Arsenal players made a surprise visit to a Malaysian school, the keeper said, “Listen, he is still my captain. It’s obvious everyone wants him at the club. He’s a great captain, he’s our leader. He was fantastic last year, probably one of the best players in the world.
“And as long as he’s with us, we’ll support him all the way.”
Yet Szczesny is wise enough to know what’s what and said whatever departures the club oversees in the next few weeks, it wouldn’t prevent him from giving 100% for Arsenal.
“I think you have to deal with the situation you’ve been put in. If anyone leaves, you just have to do your best for the club. I love the club with all of my heart, and whoever I play with, I will do all my best.
“Obviously I’m hoping no one will leave this summer, but I’m sure if that happens, we’ll still be strong enough to compete.”
With rumours growing about the capture of Spanish international Santi Cazorla, along with the signings of Giroud and Podolksi, perhaps there’s a feeling that even losing a player of the calibre of van Persie wouldn’t be as large a blow as some suggest.
Despite Arsenal’s terrible summer of 2011 when we lost Fabregas and Nasri, we actually improved our final points total and league position last season. Obviously there’s still a big gap to make up on the Manchester clubs, but losing big name players doesn’t always mean the team is going down the toilet.
We’re hanging onto the Harpic rim cleaner, folks.