Wojciech Szczesny was 'lied to' by Arsene Wenger over future after £11m transfer of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech

Former Poland goalkeeper says Szczesny was misled over role

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Arsene Wenger has been accused of lying to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Former Polish goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski has claimed that Szczesny, who lost his No 1 place on New Year's Day after a terrible performance at Southampton and then being caught smoking in the showers, was given false promises by the Arsenal manager.

"In January I spoke to [Poland manager] Adam Nawalka and he said that Arsene Wenger had told him that if Szczesny worked hard in training he would play again soon," Tomaszewski told Polish newspaper Przeglad.

"It turned out that he didn't tell the truth. I'm sure that when Szczesny said that he was going to stay at Arsenal, he didn't know that Cech was going to come because Wenger didn't tell him about his plans. Szczesny should leave, because it will be waste of time for him, if he stays."

Tomaszewski, who won 63 caps for Poland, added: “Wojciech must be devastated. This [Petr Cech transfer] is a big problem also for the Polish national team.

"I remember when I was in Dublin before the Republic of Ireland versus Poland match, everyone was asking me just one question: if [Jakub] Blaszczykowski and Szczesny would play. That meant everyone was afraid of him.

"For me Wojciech is still Poland’s number one, world class goalkeeper but after Cech's transfer he has no chance to play at Arsenal and for Poland. It could be end of his career in national team."