Arsene Wenger has backed Wojciech Szczesny to have a great season at the Emirates but admits he’s not yet closed the door on the possibility of bringing in another goalkeeper before the end of the transfer window.
The 23-year-old stopper was benched in the final third of last season in favour of Lukasz Fabianski but regained his place and form in the final weeks following an injury to his compatriot.
Despite a nervy showing on the opening day against Aston Villa, Arsene Wenger revealed why Szczesny still has his confidence.
“He is over the problems he had last season. He had a dip in form, but has come back at the end of the season with good form and a good run, overall for me he is back to his best.
“We forget he is a boy who is only in his third season in the Premier League. He is only 23, for a goalkeeper that is very young.
“He was third then last season fourth in the Premier League, for such a young goalkeeper, that is not a bad achievement.
“I am sure you will see a great season from Szczesny, and I rate Fabianski very highly, which is why I think we have two very good goalkeepers.”
Linked with the likes of Iker Casillas, Asmir Begovic and Julio Cesar, and with an offer rejected for Valencia’s Vicente Guaita, it’s an open secret that the Gunners have been scouring Europe for a new keeper following the departure of Vito Mannone to Sunderland
Aware that he’s just one injury away from having young Argentine Damian Martinez as back-up the boss admitted that a new custodian is on his shopping list.
“When Mannone went, we were open to having a third goalkeeper, because if something happens, you are quickly very short.
“We have Emi Martinez as number three, but he has no experience at all in the Premier League, that is why we always had an eye open, and this position is not completely closed yet.”
Perhaps Stuart Taylor or Richard Wright are available…the way things are going Arseblog News wouldn’t bet against it.