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Szczesny apologises for father's criticism

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has distanced himself from the "disrespectful" comments his father made about Arsene Wenger, insisting he wants to stay at the club.

Maciej Szczesny, a former Poland international, told Przeglad Sportowy that the Arsenal manager was to blame for his son's dip in form, which has led to the 22-year-old being dropped for the Gunners' last two games.

Szczesny has stressed that he does not share his father's view of Wenger and is determined to force his way back into the first team.

In a statement published on the club's official website, Szczesny said: "I would like to apologise for the comments made by my father which have been used by both Polish and English media.

"I'd like to make it clear that those were the views and opinions of my father and not mine, and although I respect his views I cannot accept them as I find them disrespectful to the club I truly love.

"I have been at Arsenal Football Club for seven years now and I have always shown my full respect to the club, Arsene Wenger, all the coaching staff, my team-mates and the fans.

"I've always felt that I received great support from the manager and the fans and I am fully focused on getting back to my best. I am proud to be a part of Arsenal and I see my future at this great club."

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