There have been reports in recent weeks that an agreement was close, with suggestions that the Poland international would receive £20.8 million over the course of the lucrative new four-year deal.
The 23 year old joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw in 2006 and made his first-team debut in 2009, racking up a further 121 appearances in all competitions and the Polish international suggests he is proud to be an Arsenal player.
Speaking to the Arsenal official website, he said:
I am very pleased to have signed a new contract. Arsenal is like my family and I’m so happy to be committing my long-term future here. I’ve been at this Club for over seven years now and I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support towards me during my time here.
Many people have given me amazing support since I arrived as a boy, people like Tony Roberts, who helped my development as a player from a young age. I’m so proud to be an Arsenal player and am looking forward to helping our Club towards success in the years to come.
Szczesny has established himself as Arsene Wenger’s undoubted first choice this season and the Frenchman has expressed his delight at tying the keeper down to a lengthy deal. He said:
We’re very pleased Wojciech has signed a new long-term contract. I have always believed he is an extremely talented player, with excellent reflexes and good mental strength. He continues to grow and improve all the time too, so he has the potential to be even better. He can be an important part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come.
He had an unconvincing campaign between the posts last season but has enjoyed an excellent start to this term and appears to have fully won the confidence of boss Arsene Wenger going forward. It appears that he has entered the current campaign with more maturity than before and indicated that he has reworked his approach to training after being dropped to the bench back in March.
His decision making is much improved and his positioning has led to him making some key big saves. He is waiting for play to develop before he commits and playing the ball so much better. He is also handling the ball much better and has managed to improve his collection from crosses or set pieces.
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We should remember that he is still young and keepers don’t reach their peak until they are much older, unlike the players in front of them. If he can continue to build upon this impressive start then the trajectory for him is only upwards. Hopefully he will have a great career at the Emirates.
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