Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Szczesny keen to stay with Gunners

Wojciech Szczesny says he is happy at Arsenal and wants to stay in north London

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny maintains he has no thoughts of leaving Arsenal "as long as they want me here".

The Poland international was dropped for the Champions League game against Bayern Munich last week as manager Arsene Wenger felt the 22-year-old had been "mentally affected" by the number of games played, and again took him out of the firing line for Saturday's trip to Swansea where Lukasz Fabianski kept a second consecutive clean sheet.

Speaking to Poland daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Szczesny said: "I am too happy to go somewhere else. I believe in the philosophy of the club and that Arsenal will start to win again. I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else. As long as they want me here, there is no 'somewhere else', and I have a contract until June 2015."

Arsenal beat Swansea 2-0 away on Saturday as they battled back into contention for a top-four finish, with Tottenham's 1-0 home defeat by Fulham leaving them four points behind their local rivals, with a match in hand and a superior goal difference.

Szczesny feels it is unthinkable for Wenger's men to miss out on playing in the Champions League next season.

"It is halfway through March and we have lost everything. There are still 10 matches left to save the club against the humiliation of all times. It would be disaster not to be in the top four and without Champions League next year.

"We have the 10 most important games in our careers. We are going through the most difficult time since I came here."

Arsenal beat Swansea without England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is nursing an ankle problem, independent of the injury which sidelined him for more than a year.

Reports on Monday afternoon suggested the 21-year-old, who has been allowed time away in Dubai to aid his rehabilitation, is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

However, Press Association Sport understands there has been no setback in the midfielder's recovery process, as Wenger expected to see him return after the international break, with Arsenal's next Premier League game against Reading on March 30.

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