Pole to be rested for Champions League trip to Bavaria.
Arsenal have been left in a state of turmoil after head coach Arsene Wenger revealed that first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny would not be playing against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday, as he is not mentally ready to face the Germans, reports the Independent.
The North Londoners travel to the Allianz Arena for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash trailing 3-1 from last month’s encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners know that they must score at least two goals if they are to retain any hope of making it through to the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition, against a Bayern side who have not lost since October.
However, despite this being perhaps the biggest game that the club have played so far this season, Wenger has still opted to rest his Poland international keeper, with compatriot Lukasz Fabianski coming in to take over from Szczesny against the runaway Bundesliga leaders.
“He has played many games since the start of the season and recently I felt that mentally it affected him. That is why I have rested him,” Wenger explained in his pre-match press conference.