Szczesny starts for Arsenal but can't prevent U21s defeat to Liverpool
22:19 GMT, 8 April 2013
06:03 GMT, 9 April 2013
Wojciech Szczesny started for Arsenal’s Under 21 side but could not prevent the visitors falling to defeat against an impressive crop of Liverpool youngsters at Anfield.
The Poland international has not been given a senior appearance by Arsene Wenger for over a month, with Lukas Fabianski being preferred over his error-prone countryman.
Szczesny's dad recently launched a furious attack at Wenger, accusing the Frenchman of making his son the scapegoat for the Gunners' poor.
Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield
The 22-year-old defended his manager however, claiming his dad was wrong to criticise his boss.
But Wenger did not even name Szczesny on the bench for Arsenal's 2-1 win at West Brom on Saturday.
'I rotate the goalkeepers on the bench because when they are two games on the bench then they work for two games, because when they sit always on the bench they lose fitness,' he said.
Last night at Anfield, Adam Morgan beat the Pole to draw first blood for Liverpool before Chuba Akpom equalised for the Gunners.
Krisztian Adorjan put the Reds back in the lead after half-time, but Serge Gnabry kept his cool to level things up once again.
Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench
There was no response, however, after Morgan snatched his second at the Kop End to clinch victory for the hosts.
Under 21 international Jonjo Shelvey also turned out for the Liverpool
side, but it was Adjoran and Morgan who ensured the hosts ran out
Adorjan burst down the right flank before drilling an accurate cross into the area for Morgan.
The 18-year-old made no mistake, knocking the ball past the stranded Szczesny from inside the six-yard box.
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