Maciej Szczesny, the father of Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny,and who himself won seven caps for Poland and helped Legia Warsaw reach the quarter-finals of the 1995-96 Champions League claims that Arsene Wenger is making his son a “scapegoat” for their recent problems.
In an interview with the leading Polish sport daily paper Przeglad Sportowy, Szczesny Snr said: ‘Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat. It is not the way the boss should behave.
‘Wojciech has had two serious injuries. He played with one in April and May (last year). He shouldn’t have agreed to play that time but the coach insisted.
‘Wojciech did not train the whole week and then had a warm up on Friday and played the match on Saturday. He was naturally more susceptible to minor injuries and his form was going down.
‘Wenger was playing with the young man’s good health and Wojciech agreed foolishly.
‘In my opinion Mr Wenger messed up a lot in April and May. I don’t blame the young man who went along with his coach, his current lack of form is a result of those two months.
‘Then in August there was a foot (ankle) injury after which he played almost instantly.
‘After seven weeks out Wojciech trained for just seven days and played the match. How on earth can he be on his highest form?’
However Szczesny Snr is confident his son will soon establish himself as the Arsenal No 1 again.
‘This last period has not been successful for Wojciech, the fact that Arsene Wenger did not take him to Munich shows something,’ he added.
‘However, I think my son can be the No 1 (Arsenal) keeper over 10 years, he just needs to come back to form and then a situation where we can stop to wonder who will stand between the posts.’