Former Gunners keeper and goalkeeping coach Bob Wilson has given his backing to Wojciech Szczesny despite the poor performance against Southampton and the subsequent reported fine for smoking.
“What niggles me about this recent criticism after the Southampton game is that if people go back four days to the West Ham game, his performance was so good he won us the three points”, he said.
“If you are looking for incidents to blame him, put the first goal at Southampton against him, fine, but don’t start arguing with me about the second goal because it was not his fault.
“Any goalkeeper will tell you, lying on the floor with the opposition closing in on you, you make contact and you have no chance to get any leverage on it. It could go anywhere as a result of a situation not of his making.
“He did not have his best game but most ex-keepers would say the last thing you want to do with your No1 goalie is give him a rest. If I was goalkeeping coach there now and Arsene was asking me, I would say, ‘don’t drop him’.”
Wilson’s backing comes in the wake of some fairly inflammatory comments from Szczesny’s outspoken father, Maciej, who called the smoking in the dressing story ‘bollocks’ and said it was an invention of the British press.
He made that claim despite an admission he hadn’t yet spoken to his son who, last season, very publicly distanced himself from his father’s comments about Arsene Wenger.
You know it’s a slow news day when the main story is Szczesny’s dad, so we’ll leave it there for now.