Wojciech Szczesny is confident (not for the first time) that the Gunners can keep hold of their talisman and captain Robin van Persie and hopes to finish above Tottenham following Sunday’s sensational 5-2 comeback victory at the Emirates.
The Dutchman has been in flying form this season, and netted a fantastic equalizer during the weekend’s derby highlighting the importance of the player that has time and time again inspired Arsenal to victory. Although it’s not Szczesny’s place to discuss contract talks, he believes Van Persie will extend his stay with the Gunners.
Szczesny told talkSPORT:
We really don’t discuss [speculation], it is not our business. We just want to have him at the club.
We are trying to make the most of it while he is here, he is a great captain and leader of the team and we are very pleased to have him.
I’m personally confident that he will stay at Arsenal. That is where he belongs and that is where he is at his very best.
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Robin does his talking on the pitch by scoring all the goals for this club and I think that shows you his commitment. We are confident he will be staying at Arsenal.
The goalkeeper admitted that the victory over Spurs was one of the best moments in his career, and that he hoped it could transform their season – but admitted they cannot realistically win the title.
Szczesny also believes the positive result on Sunday can help revive their season in their quest for a top four finish, he told the Evening Standard:
I hope [the result has a psychological effect on Tottenham] as an Arsenal fan. I said ages ago we can’t realistically win the Premier League but now my main ambtition is to finish above Spurs.
You can see we are no worse than them and when we have the momentum and are on the front foot, we are dangerous. I hope we use that again to our advantage and get the momentum to start challenging for the first spot.
[The feeling] is comparable to that of beating Barcelona. It is great, probably one of the best I have ever had. I hope it can transform our season.
In the last two games at home, we have scored 12 goals. It just shows you what we can do when we are on the front foot and we can really go for it. Hopefully we can learn from that and repeat it all over again.
Every single goal felt better than the previous one and I was celebrating quite energetically. But I loved it. It is the firs ttime I have beaten Spurs and it is just great.
Certainly the feeling when Rosicky netted Arsenal’s third on Sunday was comparable to Arshavin’s winner against Barcelona. With the Gunners able to rest this week ahead of the tough fixture away to Liverpool, Wenger will be hoping they can recreate the inspiring form again and push towards the summit with Spurs set to face Manchester United. A win for the Gunners and a loss for our arch rivals means the gap between 3rd and 4th will be cut to only four points, so Szczesny’s comments are certainly viable!
Bring on the ‘pool!