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Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger On Why He Dropped Wojciech Szczesny

Gunners boss gives update on Szczesny situation.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to drop Wojciech Szczesny from his starting lineup in recent games, the Daily Express reports.

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The Polish international found himself on the bench for last weekend’s win over Stoke City, with summer signing David Ospina impressing as he replaced the club’s usual number one between the sticks.

This change in goal followed a couple of howling individual errors from Szczesny in a recent defeat to Southampton, and Wenger has admitted the player has the tendancy to lose his focus a bit.

Pointing to his past use of Jens Lehmann and today’s opponents Manchester City’s treatment of Joe Hart in similar situations, the Frenchman was keen to point out that this is something a lot of big players go through in their careers, and that he still rates Szczesny highly and thinks he will go on to achieve great things.

Speaking about the 24-year-old ahead of his side’s game against City, Wenger said: “Was it a wake-up call for Szczesny? I don’t know. It’s up to him. He has played many games and sometimes when you have a little breather it helps you to refocus and get yourself together.

“Just before Southampton he had a very good game at West Ham and was man of the match. I think he is a great goalkeeper and will have a great career. But he goes a little bit.

“I took Jens Lehmann out of the side like that, and City did it with Joe Hart.”

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