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At just 23, Wojciech Szczesny (or Szczesny Hawkes to some fans) is still some years away from the prime of his career, and with that in mind, some of his performances between Arsenal's posts have been astonishing.
His most formidable issue in the way of progress is his inconsistency. Szczesny, while having excellent communication (he's come a long way from this... look away, Arsenal fans) is still irritatingly error-prone.
Yet, the only way for Szczesny to improve is to see consistent time on the pitch, playing the full 90 minutes week after week. With transfer rumours abound (via The Mirror) surrounding a potential replacement or competitor for Szczesny's first-team spot (more on him later), this plan looks like it could be in jeopardy.
So what does Arsene Wenger do?
Certainly, Szczesny is some way off the level of excellence set by fellow EPL young stopper David de Gea, but that is not to diminish Szczesny's light. He was a key reason for Arsenal's stout defensive record in the second half of last season, and successfully fought off competition from the likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone to reclaim his spot after injury forced him out.
If Wenger and company do bring in a stopper, he needs to be someone who can force Szczesny to improve through competition. The last thing Le Professeur wants to do is stunt the Pole's growth as a keeper through an ill-planned transfer.