Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny feels that Arsene Wenger was right in axing him last season and admits it was a good lesson learnt.
The Polish international lost his place towards the end of last season, following a poor run of form that put his Arsenal future in doubt.
The 23 year old insists that the manager’s decision to axe him from the team has forced him to come back a stronger player.
According to Daily Star, he said:
It was obviously tough but a very good lesson for me one I really needed at the time.
I felt more pressure, more desire to give it an extra ten per cent in training, to turn up early and show the boss I deserved to be back in goal. And that extra ten per cent made all the difference.
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When, as a manager, you have been in the job for a long time you know what to do. So I have learned from it, come back stronger and now I’m feeling good.
I have pressure from two fantastic keepers. They try their hardest in training and keep me on my toes.
I feel pressure at all times but am I worried about anyone else coming in? Not really.
Szczesny is pleased to see Wenger in talks with Arsenal about signing a new contract having been heavily influenced by the Frenchman during his time in north London. He added:
It is important for us to know our manager is staying.
There are players here who have had ups and downs and he has shown trust and we are trying to repay that.
That is very important the stability of the club and the trust we have in our manager. We have been together for a long time and we know each other – on and off the pitch. It always helps
Szczesny was certainly not at his best last season. He conceded 35 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions last term and kept 12 clean sheets overall compared to 57 goals conceded and 18 clean sheets kept in 2011/12 in 48 appearances. He was dropped during the latter part of the season and faced an uncertain future during the summer as the Gunners were linked with big names to replace him. Fabianksi overtook his fellow Polish international in the pecking order after some superb performances but once again he suffered injury troubles and allowed Szczesny to regain his place.
The decision to drop him seems to have had a positive effect, as he started the season on a positive note which forced Wenger to ditch his plans on bringing a first choice keeper and instead opted to bring Emiliano Viviano as cover on loan. It seems the Poland international is back to his best after decent performances throughout Arsenal’s 10 game winning streak but still has a lot to learn. He was even nominated allArsenal’s man of the match in our match report infographic.
He has been consistent this term and the players in front of him seem much more confident as a result. Although his performances can’t be termed as excellent we should remember that he is still young and goal keepers tend to evolve with experience.
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