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In his fourth year with Arsenal, Wojciech Szczesny enjoyed yet another average campaign.
The 23-year-old with the outspoken father has yet to live up to the heights expected of him at the Gunners and he has not improved significantly over the last couple of seasons.
That being said, the Polish No. 1 has made over 100 appearances for the Gunners so Arsene Wenger obviously has faith in him. Le Prof, however, also acknowledges that Szczesny has made his fair share of blunders over the years.
Wenger, in an interview with Arsenal Player (h/t RTE Sport), said;
That (100 appearances) is a huge credit to him, something absolutely fantastic and shows he has a great future.
What is happening to him at the moment is just a normal process of any career—we had (Jens) Lehmann, (David) Seaman, they had their blips and their periods where they were less good, even when they were more experienced than Wojciech.
Wojciech has a great future. He is a very young goalkeeper. You do not find very many goalkeepers at his age who have the experience he has already, that is why I believe he has a great future, but he lives in a world where competition exists
Szczesny, it would seem, will be Wenger's first choice next season. He was dropped after the 2-1 defeat to Spurs and missed the win away to Champions League champions Bayern Munich as a result. The young Pole then only featured in six of Arsenal's final 11 games.
Significantly, he won his position back for the hugely important clash against Everton on April 16 and kept the post for the remainder of the season.
Such is Wenger's faith in his Polish apprentice that he sold 25-year-old Vito Mannone to Sunderland this summer. His only competition for the goalkeeping role is now Lukasz Fabianski. Considering the gulf between Szczesny and Fabianski, and the fact that Szczesny also keeps Fab out of the Polish team, this transfer must be seen as a huge show of faith in the youngster.
Arsenal had long been linked with a swoop for Julio Cesar by the media, even though the club never officially mentioned the Brazilian as a possible target. The Guardian recently reported that Cesar will sign for Napoli and this again will be a boost for Szczesny.
Next season will be hugely important for the Pole. In terms of his development he has to strike now to cement the position for years to come. If he lives up to the faith shown in him so far he could have a very big future in the game, and most certainly at Arsenal.