Thursday, January 22, 2015

Poles Abroad

English Premiership

Wojciech Szczęsny was on the bench for Arsenal and did not play in their 2-0 win over champions Manchester City

Łukasz Fabiański played but was powerless to stop Chelsea running riot against his side Swansea. He conceded 5 goals.

Artur Boruc played for Bournemouth in their 1-0 away to defeat to Leeds United.

Italian Leagues

Neither Cionek or Glik played for Modena and Torino over the weekend.

Zielinski came on as a substitute in Empoli's cup defeat against Roma.

Wszołek's side Sampdoria played twice this week in the league and the cup. In the league victory against Parma, he was an unused substitute. Against Inter Milan in the cup, he played but got sent off for two yellow cards in 77th minute.

Spanish La Liga

Krychowiak played 90 minutes  for Sevilla and was booked, in their 2-0 win over Malaga.

Dutch Eredivisie

Milik played 90 minutes in Ajax's 2-0 win over Groningen

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bielik all set to complete 'dream' move to Arsenal

So it finally looks like Arsenal have got their man. According to reports here in England, 17 year old Bielik will tomorrow have a medical ahead of a £2.5 million transfer which could rise to £3.5 million with add ons.

He expressed his joy at the move on Legia's website and has been told he will go straight into The Gunners first team. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Szczesny still has a lot to learn...

Its fair to say that Wojciech Szczesny has not had the best start to 2015. Arguably at fault for both goals in Arsenal's New Years Day defeat to Southampton, he sat out the F. A. Cup match vs Hull before being dropped for the next league game at home to Stoke. And to top it all off, there were reports he was caught smoking in the changing rooms after the defeat to the Saints.

Its worth noting that he isn't the first player Arsene Wenger has had to caution for smoking-Jack Wilshere is another recent example. But as someone who has followed Szczesny's progress since he came to England, his behaviour is exceptionally disappointing and it smacks of immaturity. 

Here in England, he has forever been considered too inconsistent. At times the papers have pointed towards his track record of rash decision making and careless mistakes; form that they said even stretched to the national side, as was shown by his error at Euro 2012. But this season, it really looked like he had put all of that behind him. He was playing very well for club and country and it really did look like he was beginning to fulfill his potential. His performance vs Germany reminded me of Boruc in his pomp against the same opposition at the World Cup in 2006.

This latest saga though could be a real set back for him and its very frustrating to see that a dip in form resulted in a stupid decision that he no doubt regrets. I genuinely wouldn't like to guess whether he will start against Champions Manchester City on Sunday. It would be harsh of Wenger to drop Ospina after two clean sheets but stranger things have happened. Regardless, the mere fact that Wojciech's position is up for grabs speaks volumes.

Everyone makes mistakes on the pitch- it is part and parcel of the game, especially if you are the last line of defence. But petulance will not endear him to Wenger, the fans or I doubt Nawalka. Lets not forget that Szczesny has been a player at one of the top clubs in the world for some time now and he's a full international. He should therefore know how to behave and so there simply isn't an excuse. To be blunt, he needs to grow up and quickly.

If he doesn't use this experience as a wake up call, it could leave the teams he plays for with some interesting decisions to make, In terms of the national team, I think we are fairly fortunate in that Boruc has matured and performs consistently most weeks. The problem there is that he's still playing in the Championship- though that could all change should Bournemouth clinch promotion. Ironically since Fabianski left Arsenal, he's been doing well at Swansea. I'm quite open to either stepping in for Wojciech. As for Arsenal, they are often being linked to a new keeper; Casillas is a name often mentioned.

This year is a crucial one for Szczesny, his club and his country. Both need players that are mentally strong, focused, mature, able to handle the pressure and to also move on from their mistakes. Lets hope he has finally learnt from his this time before it is too late.

Poles Abroad

English Leagues


Lukasz Fabianski played 90 minutes for Swansea as they drew at home to West Ham

Wojciech Szczesny was dropped for Arsenal's home win against Stoke, in light of recent performances. He stayed on the bench


Artur Boruc played 90 minutes as Bournemouth lost at home to Norwich City, 2-1.

Spanish La Liga

Grzegorz Krychowiak was suspended for Sevilla's 2-0 away win against Almeria.
Cezary Wilk was an unused substitute for Deportivo La Coruna against Levante.

Italian Serie A

Kamil Glik played 90 minutes and scored as Torino drew with Milan 1-1.

Serie B

Thiago Cionek played 90 minutes in Modena's draw with Latina

Piotr Zielinski came on in the 42nd minute as Empoli lost to Sampdoria away.

French Ligue 1

Kamil Grosicki is still injured and missed Rennes draw at Evian TG,

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bielik close to Arsenal transfer

Various reports here in England say that Bielik will be on his way to London with the midfielder agreeing to the move. Indeed he's said to be very keen.

Though it will cost the Gunners £2.5 million, it could be one of the best investments Arsene Wenger has made in recent years, with Krystian being likened to a young Patrick Vieira.

Writers note: I'm very excited about this move. I have absolutely no doubt that Arsenal is the best place in the world for Bielik to grow as a footballer. Arsene Wenger is a master at nurturing young talent having successfully helped develop Henry, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain to name but a few. Its also worth remembering that Cesc Fabregas joined Arsenal from Barcelona's academy as a  16 year old and there is no doubting the kind of player he has turned into. The Arsenal system will also suit Bielik. Could we see Bielik and Krychowiak lining up in the same midfield at Euro 2016? If this move comes off, do not rule it out.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Poles Abroad

The English Leagues had the third round of the F.A. Cup and as such, some of our players were rested.

English Leagues

  • Boruc, Szczesny, Wasilewski and Fabianski did not play, with only Fabianski making the bench for Swansea.

Spanish La Liga

  • Cezary Wilk was an 89th minute substitute as Deportivo La Coruna beat Athletico Bilbao 1-0
  • Grzegorz Krychowiak played 90 minutes but was also booked in Sevilla's 1-0 win over Celta Vigo

Italian Serie A
  • Kamil Glik played 90 minutes in Torino's 0-0 away draw with Chievo
  • Piotr Zielinski was an unused substitute in Empoli's 0-0 draw with Verona

All other major leagues are still on a winter break.

Arsenal fail in second bid for Bielik

LATEST: Arsene Wenger is still keen on signing the 17 year old, but it won't be easy! Legia are reportedly holding out for £2.3 million and have so far rejected previous bids.

However, talks are still ongoing between the two clubs. 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Poles Abroad

Most of Europe is on a winter break, however the English and Scottish Leagues are still active.

English Premier League

Wojciech Szczesny - Played 90 minutes for Arsenal in their 2-0 defeat away at Southampton. Szczesny was arguably at fault for both goals.

Lukasz Fabianski - Played 90 minutes for Swansea in their 1-1 draw away at QPR.

Scottish Premiership

Radosław Cierzniak- Played 90 minutes for Dundee United in their 6-2 win over city rivals Dundee.