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5 reasons Arsenal lost to Bayern

By Nick Webster




LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal scrambles in vain to prevent the ball crossing the line as goalscorer Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen watches from inside the goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Arsenal and Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium on February 19, 2013 in London, England
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal scrambles in vain to prevent the ball crossing the line as goalscorer Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen watches from inside the goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Arsenal and Bayern Muenchen at Emirates Stadium on February 19, 2013 in London, England

Arsene Wenger has refused to replace David Seaman, and this decision has constantly backfired as one goalkeeper after another has failed to replace the divine ponytail. Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny has, in all honesty, been nothing short of a disaster and why Wenger has kept faith with him is mystifying. 

Szczesny does not command his box, he does not give his teammates confidence and he is not a leader. 

To be a goalkeeper of a big club, a goalkeeper must have charisma and character. He must inspire and he must have the presence to overshadow everyone around him. One day Szczesny might be this person but he is not now. Wenger has all but staked his reputation on the Pole and it will end up costing him whatever little bit of faith is left within the Emirates faithful.