Wojciech Szczesny laughs off Barcelona talk & denies saying he deserves Arsenal captaincy

The Polish keeper has decided to clear the air via Twitter after finding himself at the centre of controversy, adding that Robin van Persie deserves to wear the armband

Wojciech Szczesny has decided to set the record straight after finding himself at the centre of stories questioning his commitment to Arsenal and Poland.

The 21-year-old was reported as saying that he is deserving of the Arsenal captaincy, but Szczesny has been quick to deny this and other quotes credited to him.

He said via Twitter: “I got annoyed with a few things about myself in the media recently so I'm going to set the record straight.

“I never said I deserve [the] Arsenal armband. I said that I would love to one day take [the] responsibilty of being an Arsenal skipper.

“Robin van Persie is doing a great job as a skipper and he fully deserves [the] armband.

“I am injured and had to be pulled out of Polish national team. Hope to recover as soon as possible. (That's for Polish media.)

He added: “Please continue the 'Szczesny to Barcelona' rumours. Makes me laugh everytime I read it. Haha.”

The Pole had previously been reported as saying that he is content with life at the club at the moment, but would not rule out a future move to the European champions.

He was quoted as saying by polskathetimes.pl: "I can't declare that I will spend my entire career here, but if I leave I will have a very important reason or I will go to Barcelona.

"I can't imagine a situation where I would leave this club just for money."