Szczesny to be ‘offered’ No 1 shirt after Almunia’s departure
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will be offered the No 1 jersey once Manuel Almunia’s exit from the club is officially confirmed.
Szczesny, currently on the Gunners’ pre-season tour in Malaysia, has been wearing a temporary No 13 shirt while waiting for confirmation that he’ll inherit Almunia’s squad number after the Spaniard leaves.
The 20-year-old was one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Arsenal keepers last campaign and the Pole looks to be the future, with Wenger previously hinting that he may decide to stick with what he has got.
“I realise there is a big chance in front of me and I might not give this No 1 shirt away to anyone else for the next ten to 15 years,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
“It is my first full season in the first team so I have never been as excited as this. This year will be something new for me if I am lucky enough to start the season as Arsenal’s No 1.
Pre-season kicks off for Arsene Wenger’s side later this afternoon with a match against an Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur – kicking off at 13:45 BST.
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