Arsenal’s former number 1 says he understands completely why Arsene Wenger bought Petr Cech, despite the fact he was willing to stay and fight for a place in the Arsenal team.
The Polish international played over 180 games for the Gunners, but after a difficult season found himself behind David Ospina in the pecking order – although he did play in the 4-0 F ACup win over Aston Villa.
Asked if he was put out by the signing of the Czech international, he said, “Are you joking? For that little money? Of course he had to!
“If someone offered him Cristiano Ronaldo for a good price, he would have to buy him. The manager has to think about the club and its fortune.
“Why would Wenger not do it? Because Wojciech Szczesny, who grew up at the club, is here? Be serious here – Wenger has to consider the overall good of the club first.
“”I actually wanted to stay and challenge him for the spot but after a conversation with Wenger it was obvious that I should be looking for new opportunities.
“I ‘m not stupid – if you buy one of the world’s best goalkeepers it’s not to keep him on the bench.
And the Arsenal manager revealed how the move happened.
“I met Petr and he told me he could be available for that money and I said: ‘For that money, I’ll do it, so you do the job’.
“I had no fight with Chelsea, honestly. He had an agreement with his chairman that he could go for a certain price anywhere. We managed to get him here and we are happy with it.
“He has given us all his experience and his leadership because he is a leader on the pitch.
“He talks, is brilliant intellectually, he can analyse and is highly focused. He is the perfect goalkeeper.”
Szczesny is currently on loan with Roma where people have called him a lunatic, but in a good way.