Arsene Wenger has backed Wojciech Szczesny as his number 1 keeper despite the Pole’s rather shaky display during the 6-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.
Szczesny was at fault for the goal we conceded, dropping a simple catch to allow Foxy the Fox to score a consolation goal for the visitors, while his kicking was more akin to that of a club-footed mule than a Premier League footballer.
But it was his first game back after missing two with injury and as well as Vito Mannone has done the manager retains faith in his first choice keeper.
Undoubtedly to try and give him a confidence boost the manager told the official site, “Wojciech is No 1 unless I change my mind. That is clear. That’s why he came back in goal.
“You cannot change a goalkeeper every time he makes a simple mistake, because then you have three bad keepers. The confidence is needed.
“It’s a special position where confidence is needed. Maybe he put himself a little bit under pressure because he knows Mannone played well at Stoke and at Liverpool. I think he played better in the second half.”
Szczesny has also received the backing of Per Mertesacker. The BFG told Talksport, “It was disappointing but everyone makes mistakes. We’re a team and we have to stick together especially in such moments.
“Our goalkeeper is important for us, especially in the next few matches. We’re happy to have him here. That wasn’t our first thought, but our second.
“We have to keep our chins up, especially him.”
It is symptomatic of the modern game that there is such in-depth discussion of a player after one mistake in a game which Arsenal won easily, but it’s clear that to both manager and players Szczesny is the number 1 goalkeeper at the club.
It’s up to him now to prove it through performances.