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Wenger's Patience Will Pay Off with Wojciech Szczesny

Arsene Wenger has been criticized for his decision not to buy an experienced goalkeeper in the transfer market, but his patience could payoff with Wojciech Szczesny. (Courtesy Paul Blank)

By Ryan Fleming

For over a year now, we have heard how the stern-faced Arsene Wenger has stood by his keepers, Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski, despite their constant blunders. There have been rumors of the goalkeepers demise, the clubs attempted signature of other keepers such as Shay Given of Manchester City and Mark Schwarzer of Fulham.

Like many of the seemingly meaningless, buffoonery that are the rumors of the soccer world, they meant absolutely nothing. Almunia and Fabianski’s homes are still in North London despite the inconsistency in their performances.

Wojciech Szczesny, given his first league start after playing 20 games on loan to Brentford last season, played well in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday. Despite the loss, the Polish keeper should be given the reigns at the position until he proves incontestably that he is unable to handle the position for such a storied team.

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