‘He’s extremely arrogant sometimes’: Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny criticises his former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie
- Wojciech Szczesny criticised his ex-Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie
- Szczesny stated Dutch forward van Persie is ‘extremely arrogant sometimes’
- Polish goalkeeper also criticised another former Arsenal star in Samir Nasri
Wojciech Szczesny has criticised his former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie, describing the Dutchman as being ‘extremely arrogant sometimes’.
After eight years at Arsenal, van Persie left to join Manchester United in 2012 and, although he won the Premier League title the following season, Szczesny believes that the striker could have achieved a lot more had he stayed with the Gunners.
Szczesny couldn’t resist a dig at van Persie by stating that his career effectively ended when he joined Turkish side Fenerbahce, which was followed by a return to Feyenoord.
Wojciech Szczesny has described his former Arsenal team-mate Robin van Persie as arrogant
Szczesny believes van Persie could have achieved a lot more if he stayed with Arsenal
Speaking to Foot Truck, Szczesny, now of Juventus, said: ‘He could have made other decisions and achieved lots more at Arsenal.
‘He’s extremely arrogant – sometimes.
‘[I] have to admit, he left for Manchester United and the following year won a title.
‘However after that, he got benched, moved to Turkey and his big career ended.’
Szczesny gave his opinions on his former and current team-mates during an interview
The Juventus goalkeeper didn’t hold back when discussing his old team-mates
Szczesny also criticised Samir Nasri, saying the he ‘thought he was some kind of gangster’
Szczesny also spoke about some of his other old Arsenal team-mates, including Samir Nasri, who he accused of acting like a gangster.
Szczesny said: ‘[Nasri] always thought he was some kind of gangster.
‘Everyone has this guy at school, who had strong and big friends and it made him think he was cool.
Szczesny believes that Alexander Hleb’s drinking stopped him from achieving more
In addition, the goalkeeper revealed a revelation about Alexander Hleb, stating that the Belarusian’s drinking held him back.
Szczesny said: ‘He could have achieved more in football. He still had a great career but he liked to drink.’
In 2017 Szczesny left Arsenal permanently for Juventus and he has subsequently established himself as the Italian side’s first-choice goalkeeper.
This season Szczesny has played 31 times for Juventus across all competitions and has kept 16 clean sheets.
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