The former Reds and Real Madrid star doesn’t think Szczesny’s current situation at Arsenal is likely to improve as he is playing second fiddle to David Ospina, making just three appearances since the turn of the year, all of which have come in the FA Cup.
The 24-year-old Polish ‘keeper’s last Premier League appearance for Arsenal came in the 2-0 loss to Southampton on New Year’s Day. He was at fault for both goals that day and was fined £20,000 by the club for smoking in the showers after the game.Embed from Getty Images
Ospina has been Arsene Wenger’s first-choice since then and that is something Dudek believes Szczesny must look at as a reason to leave sooner rather than later.
“If I were in his place, I would wonder whether there are still opportunities to arise at Arsenal and wouldn’t wait as long as Fabianski, because you can see that Arsene Wenger is firmly set on David Ospina,” Dudek told Poland’s TVP Sport.
“A club like Arsenal needs two class goalkeepers, but Szczesny should think about his future. The current situation at the club is damaging for him.”
The former Liverpool goalkeeper, who won the Champions League with the Reds in 2005, also believes that Szczesny will have to settle for a place on the bench in Poland’s upcoming European Qualifier against Ireland on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s a serious matter. Fortunately, we [Poland] have two other goalkeepers who are able to provide an adequate level in our goal.
“Lukasz Fabianski is in excellent form and, on the other hand, Artur Boruc is very experienced. I think [Adam] Nawalka [Poland manager] will wait to make the decision until the very end.
“Wojciech is the least likely to play in the match with Ireland.”
Does Wojciech Szczesny have a future at Arsenal? Does he need to leave to save his career?