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Wojciech Szczesny admits he’d consider leaving Arsenal for Barcelona
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has refused to rule out following former captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, but admits any future move to the current European Champions would not be motivated by money.
Szczesny has proved to be a revelation after fending off Manuel Almunia and compatriot Lukasz Fabianski to become first choice around 18 months ago, with a string of impressive performances combined with his exuberant character helping endear him to the Arsenal faithful.
The 21-year-old described the club as ‘his second home’ in an interview with the Polish media this week, but refused to rule out following a lengthy list of former Gunners’ stars in joining the Spanish giants, saying: ‘I can’t declare that I will spend my entire career here, but if I leave I will have a very important reason or I will go to Barcelona.’
Szczesny continued by adding any decision to quit Arsenal would not be money orientated, adding: ‘I can’t imagine a situation where I would leave this club just for money.’
Now whilst some could argue that such statements can be taken out of context or are not necessarily cause for concern it does seem somewhat unwise for the Arsenal keeper to publicly name Barcelona as a club he would consider joining, not least because the Catalan club and Arsenal clearly have a fair bit of bad blood following the very obvious repeated attempts to unsettle Cesc Fabregas into making his move back to the Nou Camp.
The young keeper has shown great potential since breaking into the Arsenal first team and there has been speculation that Pep Guardiola has been considering a move for the Polish international, which makes such statements all the more unwise.
Arsene Wenger has seen three top performers leave in the summer, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy and has a number of players who will have just a year to run on their contracts by next summer, Robin Van Persie, Theo Walcott, Thomas Vermaelen and Andrei Arshavin to name just four. The Arsenal boss will be keen to steady things at the Emirates Stadium after a very poor start and will not be happy to hear his keeper issuing ‘come and get me’ pleas.
Szczesny clearly doesn’t lack self confidence and has also reportedly stated that he believes he is ready to captain the club, although this may well have been merely a reference to the fact that he feels that he is a valued member of the squad who’s opinion on the field of play is valued.
Barcelona’s number one custodian, Victor Valdes, has barely missed a game over the past nine seasons but Guardiola doesn’t have much in the way of competition for the Spanish international’s starting spot. Veteran Jose Manuel Pinto has made just ten La Liga appearances in four and a bit seasons.