The Pole wants guarantees from Emirates boss Arsene Wenger before he commits to the Gunners.
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Wojciech Szczesny is refusing to hold further negotiations with Arsenal over extending his contract. The 20-year-old admits he has received an offer from the club, but he waiting for assurances over his future.
Arsène Wenger confirmed on Friday that talks had begun over a new deal and that an offer had been made. However, with the finer details still to thrash out, Szczesny has broken off talks with the club and suggested he will only sign if he is given a prominent role in the team between now and the end of the season.
In a candid interview with Polish website Przeglad Sportowy, Wojciech was asked how the talks were progressing with Arsenal.
“There was some offers, but I am not interested right now. It’s not that I don’t want to extend the contract, I just don’t want to hold talks at this point. I have enough money to live and I can’t complain about that, but I will only be happy if I play.”
“Everything depends on how many games I play. I admit that I want to play at Arsenal as long as they want me. If I can earn my place in goal I won’t even consider any other offers.” (Young Guns Blog)
Wojciech Szczesny’s quotes, translated by the trusted Young Guns Blog, offer further insight into the growing player power in football at present.
Szczesny has undoubtedly proven himself one of the top goalkeeping talents in Europe – with his performances as a teenager at Brentford on loan and for Arsenal in the Carling Cup against Newcastle showing clear ability beyond his years.
However, his outspoken statements in the Polish press are increasing in regularity, and while Gunners fans have no reason to criticise Lukasz Fabianski at present, fears that Szczesny could act on his threats will cause considerable alarm.
Szczesny is number three – or even number two depending on Manuel Almunia’s status upon his return from injury – at one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
While he clearly feels he is ready to be number one at the Emirates, he is only twenty. Few goalkeepers get their chance at a big club at that age, and the Pole would be well advised to bide his time.
He is certainly at the right club for nurturing young talent.