Polish International Wojciech Szczesny has come on in leaps and bounds this year and has been a stand out performer throughout this abysmal season. At the tender age of 21, he was thrusted into the deep end at Old Trafford last season and has unsurprisingly has become Arsenal’s number one. But it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the tall Pole, the disastrous mix up with Koscielny in the Carling Cup final was a day he wanted to forget, and along with conceding 8 goals against United, but he has remained positive and looks set for an illustrious career at Arsenal.
Speaking to The Sun prior to the North London derby, girlfriend Sandra Dziwiszek revealed how the ‘keeper coped with Arsenal’s difficult start to the season, his confidence in his ability despite the Carling Cup mixup and how he aims to become an Arsenal legend in the form of David Seaman.
Here is part of Sandra’s interview:
He only thinks about Arsenal. He would like to become a legend like David Seaman.
He started to play here very early and would like to continue throughout the next 15 years. That’s his dream and he is doing everything to make it come true.
I can’t be at every match but, if I can, I’m in front of the TV and keeping my fingers crossed — it doesn’t matter if it’s Arsenal or Poland that he is playing for. I’m definitely more stressed than Wojciech. He is the type that takes everything very calmly.
He is never stressed. He’s got a huge amount of confidence. When it is visible I’m stressed before a match he always says ‘Why do you behave like that? Everything will be fine. I’m a very good keeper. Don’t you believe in me?’
So it is always me, his mum, dad and whole family that are stressed. Never him.
Following that fateful Wembley loss which caused Arsenal’s implosion last season, many fans and pundits wanted Wenger to sign an experienced keeper. However Wenger retained faith in the youngster, and it looks like it’s paying off after Szczesny has overtaken the experienced Almunia and fellow Polish international Fabianski to top Arsenal’s pecking order.
A series of vital saves against Olympiakos last week helped the Gunners to a vital Champions League victory, while he also produced an outstanding penalty save against Udinese that allowed Arsenal to qualify for the prestigious tournament in the first place. But how did he cope after Arsenal’s worst defeat in more than a century at Old Trafford this season:
I thought he would be devastated. But when I saw him after the game he wasn’t that bad. Of course he was sad but it was more or less OK. He wanted to forget about it as quickly as possible.
He wanted to move on to. It’s good it happened at the beginning of the season.
Polish international pole-vaulter Sandra,18, and Szczesny met a few years ago at a party in Warsaw. She is finishing school this year and hopes to get a place in a London university next year to finally be with Szczesny full-time.
Szczesny has now just pulled out of Poland’s friendlies against South Korea and Belarus with a back injury, fingers crossed it isn’t anything too serious and it’s a precaution.