Wenger: Szczesny's Arsenal future not secure

The Poland international will line-up for the Gunners at Wembley against Reading on Saturday but his boss has called on him to work on his concentration

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has failed to confirm whether Wojciech Szczesny has a future at the Emirates Stadium.

The goalkeeper is set to return to the starting XI for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading, but has not played a league match since being dropped for David Ospina in January.

The Poland international has been criticised for reportedly being caught smoking in the showers as well, with rumours suggesting he could leave north London as Wenger looks to add Chelsea’s Petr Cech to his squad.

And Wenger has refused to rule out the possibility of the 24-year-old departing the club, though he hopes he can fight his way back into the team on a regular basis.

“At the moment, I hope yes,” he told reporters when asked if Szczesny would be staying with the club. “But it is very difficult to answer that question. What is important is tomorrow’s game.

“I replaced Wojciech because he had a bad game. I still think he is a great goalkeeper and I want him to have the opportunity to show that.

“It has been difficult for him, but things can change again depending on performances. We are in a competitive world. Nothing is definite.

“It is your job to fight for your place. When you choose this job, you know it is down to competition.”

Former Monaco boss Wenger was quick to single out Szczesny’s concentration as the main reason for his prolonged absence from the side, though having played in each of the last three FA Cup rounds the veteran coach never entertained leaving him out at Wembley.

“If you prepare for a game properly mentally there is no special problem. The problem is to repeat the level of concentration.

“He has a good potential of focus but like any goalkeeper in any club, you don’t have many who play all the games.

“The players know the rules. The system is based on merit. If you have a disastrous game you don’t play in the next. But Wojciech had a good game against Manchester United, and there is no special reason to drop him for tomorrow.”

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