LODNON (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has moved to clear the air on recent comments made by his father, which were directly angrily towards the Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger.
Maciej Szczesny blasted Wenger on Wednesday for playing him when he was still recovering from injury and claimed that was the main reason his son’s loss of form.
“Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat – it is not the way the boss should behave,” Szczesny Snr was quoted as telling Przeglad Sportowy, a Polish newspaper.
“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 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.”
He added: “Then in August there was a foot 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?”
Several fans reacted angrily to those comments and after reportedly speaking to his father, Wojciech Szczesny released the following state to Arsenal.com:
“I would like to apologise for the comments made by my father which have been used by both Polish and English media.
“I’d like to make it clear that those were the views and opinions of my father and not mine, and although I respect his views I cannot accept them as I find them disrespectful to the club I truly love.
“I have been at Arsenal Football Club for seven years now and I have always shown my full respect to the Club, Arsène Wenger, all the coaching staff, my team-mates and the fans.
“I’ve always felt that I received great support from the manager and the fans and I am fully focused on getting back to my best.
“I am proud to be a part of Arsenal and I see my future at this great club.”