Szczesny walking Twitter tightrope after dig at Cole
Published 23:00 21/02/11 By Mike Walters
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be the latest player to fall foul of the Twitter police for poking fun at Ashley Cole.
Szczesny is expected to regain pole position in the race to become the Gunners’ first-choice No.1 against Stoke at the Emirates tomorrow night.
But he will return to the Premier League front line under a cloud after using his micro-blogging site to ridicule former Arsenal defender Cole’s penalty miss for Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup shoot-out with Everton.
The holders went out after Cole ballooned his spot-kick over the bar, leaving Phil Neville to send Everton through to the fifth round with the decisive penalty, and Szczesny indiscreetly tweeted: “Is it a plane? Is it an aeroplane? No, it’s just Ashley throwing Chelsea out of the FA Cup.”
Minutes earlier Szczesny, 20, had posted: “Tweeps, what do you think Ashley was aiming for when he took his penalty?”
Although England full-back Cole won few friends among Arsenal fans when he defected across London, the Football Association take a dim view of tweets which ridicule fellow professionals.
And Szczesny’s stated aim of establishing himself as the Gunners’ No.1 for the next 10 years may be punctuated by a letter landing on his doormat inviting him to explain his barb at Cole.
The postman’s knock will be the least of the Polish stopper’s concerns tomorrow night when Stoke’s Luftwaffe launch their latest air raid on the Gunners, whose fixture pile-up was not helped by the addition of an FA Cup replay with Leyton Orient following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Brisbane Road.
But Szczesny, who has impressed since taking over from injured compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, believes he is in the team for keeps, saying: “It’s my target to be Arsenal’s No.1 for the next decade, but I know that a few others want the same thing.
“I’m going to have to be at my very best to stay in the team, but if I am given the chance to stay at No.1 then I would be very happy to continue.
“There is good competition at the club and I can’t say there is no threat. I know I will have to be at my very best because if there is any slip-up in my performance, other goalkeepers are ready to come in and take my place.
“At just 20 years old, I could not demand a place, and I know that when my chance came I had to grab it with both hands.”
Manuel Almunia, who was among manager Arsene Wenger’s 10 changes for the deadlock at Orient, is expected to be back on the bench against the Potters.