Wojciech Szczesny: I’m not Arsenal’s undisputed number one

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny insists he has work to do before he can be confident of his place in Arsène Wenger's first-team

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny has started every Premier League game for Arsenal Photo: EA Sports, via Flickr

Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny believes he needs more experience before he will feel confident calling himself Arsenal’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old has started every Premier League game this season but despite being a constant in Arsène Wenger’s starting line-up, the Poland international is refusing to take his extended run in the first-team for granted.

“I am 22-years-old and I don’t think I am the established number one,” Szczesny told Arsenal’s website. “I still need to prove myself at this club.

“If we have this conversation in a few years’ time and I have played 500 games, then I will feel established as the number one. There is still a long way to go.”

Szczesny believes the Gunners have the best goalkeeping options in the country, with his compatriot Lukasz Fabianski providing competition for a first-team place at The Emirates.

Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is also back at the club after a short-term loan spell at West Ham United earlier this season.

“I think the quality of goalkeepers at the club is as good as anywhere in the country,” he added.

“I believe Lukasz is the best number two in the country. Every time he goes in goal the team is confident he will do a good job, and to have someone like that behind you gives you a lot of motivation to work hard at the training ground.”

“I know I have to be at my very best in every game because he is waiting to take my spot. It helps keep you sharp and to be at your very best.”


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