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Wenger voices faith in Szczesny future

Arsene Wenger has reiterated his belief that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has "a great future" and said even long-serving Arsenal No. 1 David Seaman suffered blips in form.

The Gunners manager said Szczesny, 22, should be proud of having already racked up 100 appearances for the North Londoners.

The goalkeeper has lost his place in the starting line up to his fellow Pole Lukasz Fabianski in Arsenal's last two matches, but has vowed to fight to get back into the team.

And in an interview with Arsenal Player, Wenger said: "That [having made 100 appearances] is a huge credit to him, something absolutely fantastic, and it shows he has a great future.

"What is happening to him at the moment is just a normal process of any career - we had [Jens] Lehmann, [David] Seaman. They had their blips and their periods where they were less good, even when they were more experienced than Wojciech."

Wenger is yet to decide whether to recall Szczesny for Saturday's match against Reading at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, skipper Thomas Vermaelen, who also found himself out of the first-team picture against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Swansea in the Premier League, meanwhile, has said he will "give everything every day".

Wenger played Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker at the heart of his defence for those games but could recall his captain for the visit of the Royals.

Writing in his column in Saturday's matchday programme, Vermaelen said: "I am fighting to win my place back, and nothing will change my mentality or the way I work - I will give everything every day, as I have throughout my career.

"It is just something that happens in football, especially when you play for a big club. I have played many games in my career, and spending two on the bench does not mean the world is on fire.

"You can't be surprised by these things - the only thing to do is keep going and make sure you come back strongly."

Wenger said Arsenal needed to maintain their intensity as the race for Champions League football intensified.

He said: "It is just down to consistency - you try to achieve that on your own side knowing all teams can drop points everywhere, so you want to be the team who drops less, and if possible not at all.

"Reading are fighting not to go down, we are fighting to be in the top four, so all the ingredients are there to have a passionate, committed game. But in the end, what is important is that we come out on top."

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