Wojciech Szczesny has his eyes firmly on another clean sheet in their final game of the season against Norwich City, as the Poland international has the potential to claim the Premier League Golden Glove prize.
The goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the EPL for the campaign receives the award– and the Gunners number one is equal with Chelsea’s Petr Cech – both on 16 apiece.
Cech is sidelined for the season meaning Szczesny has a big chance to claim the prize this weekend, and it will be well earned after an improved defensive resilience in recent weeks.
Although focus will be predominately on the fast approaching FA Cup final in under two weeks time, Szczesny is determined to end the season on a high with a win away to Norwich.
He told Arsenal Player:
I think I’m level with Cech, and I must admit it was in my head for the last 10 or 15 minutes of the [West Brom] game and I didn’t want to concede.
We’ve had a fantastic defensive record at home and we kept it going here. That’s something that we want to keep next season. If I win the Golden Glove I would love it but it doesn’t matter right now.
We knew that we didn’t have to win this game but I think it’s always better to leave on a high. The fans are going to go home happy and it’s a good taster before the FA Cup final.
That’s what it’s all about now. We want to prepare for the cup final, obviously we’ve got the Norwich game, which we want to win. But we want to focus on winning the trophy for the fans because they’ve been incredible for us this season and they deserve the trophy.
Arsenal have not conceded since their 3-1 win over West Ham United, extending their streak to three consecutive clean sheets and they can be reasonably confident in securing a 17th against Norwich who lack attacking prowess.
Although it will be great to edge Cech on the clean sheets charts, Chelsea have a far superior goal difference despite being just three points ahead of us. They are 18 goals to the better namely due to our high goals-conceded column from some of the whippings sustained away to the Blues, Chelsea, City and Liverpool.
But let’s not take credit away from Szczesny who has enjoyed a much improved campaign between the sticks after a turbulent season last year. Let’s end the season on a high and with a trophy in our grasps.