Wenger - Szczesny can recharge and focus

Wojciech Szczesny will start against Reading
Wojciech Szczesny will start against Reading

Arsene Wenger says Wojciech Szczesny has used his time out of the first team to “recharge and focus”.

The Poland international will replace David Ospina in the Arsenal side for their FA Cup semi-final against Reading on Saturday.

The 23-year-old has not featured in the Premier League since New Year’s Day, but Wenger has been impressed by his response since then.

“He has trained well. Very focused,” the manager said. “As I told you many times it is our job to fight for our places. No matter how difficult it is, it is part of your job.

“I replaced Wojciech because he had a bad game [at Southampton]. I still think he is a great goalkeeper and I want him as well to have the opportunity to show that.

“I watched PSG against Barcelona [on Wednesday night] and they played their No 2 goalkeeper in the Champions League game. Why? Because you need to give them competition as well.

“Take any goalkeeper at any club, you don’t have many who play absolutely all the games in Europe. They need their moments of breather where they can recharge and focus again.”

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