Szczesny deserves more credit! Wenger hails impact of goalkeeper in taking Gunners to Premier League summit

By Sam Cunningham

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At the start of the season Arsenal fans were calling for Arsene Wenger to be sacked. They head into this weekend’s clash with Norwich at the top of the table.

And Wenger believes no-one epitomises the club’s turnaround better than goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny — who is back to his best after a slump in form.

In form: Wojciech Szczesny has been praised by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

In form: Wojciech Szczesny has been praised by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

‘Szczesny matured through disappointments like we all do,’ said Wenger. ‘Every big player has to go through that in his career. I was always convinced he would make it.’

Szczesny showed signs of the quality of goalkeeper he has become with the string of strong saves for Poland which almost kept England at bay on Tuesday night.

Net pains: Szczesny was impressive against England on Tuesday night but he was helpless to prevent Wayne Rooney's headed opener

Net pains: Szczesny was impressive against England on Tuesday night but he was helpless to prevent Wayne Rooney's headed opener

Making his point: Wenger believes Szczesny deserves more credit

Making his point: Wenger believes Szczesny deserves more credit

Wenger added: ‘People forget that, at  23 years old, he is like being 18 for an outfield player. He has played two Premier League seasons, one where we finished third and last year where we made 73 points and finished fourth. You would think he can only go up.’

Szczesny’s father Maciej, himself a former goalkeeper, stuck the boot into Wenger when his son was dropped for Lukasz Fabianski at the end of last season. Maciej accused the Arsenal boss of playing Szczesny while injured and of using him as a scapegoat.

‘It can be an advantage if your father has done the same job but also a disadvantage,’ said Wenger. ‘Can he be really objective in his judgment, can he not always cover you up even when you don’t behave?’

Arsenal have been praised for their attacking football, with Mezut Ozil pulling the strings, Aaron Ramsey upping his game and Olivier Giroud finding the form Wenger spotted when he signed him for £13million last year.

The fans will expect more of the same on Saturday afternoon at the Emirates.

 

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yeahhhhh he will be come one of the greatest goalkeeper in the world and we trust in wenger

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De gea is way better than this clown! Vorm krul hart mignolet cech miles ahead

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We will just have to wait and see.

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Better than joe hart

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The real Arsenal fans never wanted Wenger out. Szczesny needs to keeping more clean sheets to be worthing being called great. - Bhupendra, Bhuj-Kutch-India, 19/10/2013 08:08 The real Arsenal fans want a successful club and wanted AW to up his game. Like Szczesny upping his game due to competition - the in Arsene we trust brigade made it too easy fir him to do as he wished with no pressure. He has found his competitive edge again and thinking if winning rather than accumulating funds by just coming fourth. Apart from Dario Gradi no manager can go 8 years with no trophy or meaningful success

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He is much better than Joe Hart. But because Joe Hart is English, no pundit is willing to point out the obvious.

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He is 23 years old playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe, that is immense pressure on any goalkeepers shoulders. I happen to think he has improved immensely. His kicking is now assured, he gathers the ball well and has the ability to make some absolute WC saves. I'm sure his decision making will only improve with experience.

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What I have learnt this week through reading the views of English pundits: When playing for Poland Szczesny is simply an average keeper, yet when playing for Arsenal he is one of the best around. You just have to love the warped (biased) logic of the London (English) media. My two cents: Szczesny is pretty average, he's certainly not one of those keepers that will win you 10-15 points a season.

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Find me a keeper that is 23 or younger that is better than him. You cant...

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I think he became complacent as he was almost guaranteed a starting spot! Now that Viviano is there, there is someone to keep him on his toes! .... Keep it going! He's been excellent so far this season!

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english success built on polish endeavour, of course!

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