Arsene Wenger: The only way is up for Wojciech Szczesny at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger insists he always had faith that Wojciech Szczesny would develop into Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper

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Wojciech Szczesny has started all of Arsenal's league games so far this term Photo: Nike

Arsene Wenger insists he always had faith that Wojciech Szczesny would develop into Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper.

The Gunners were linked with a move for a new shot-stopper over the summer, with Barcelona’s Victor Valdes among the names reported to be on the north London club’s radar.

However, Wenger has issued his backing for the 23-year-old Poland international, and also praised current No2 Lukasz Fabianski.

“That speculation didn’t come from me,” said Wenger. “I was always convinced that Szczesny would make it. I rate Fabianski highly too.

“People forget with Szczesny that, at 23 years old, it is like being 18 for an outfield player.

“At 23 he has played two [full] Premier League seasons, one where we finished third and last year when we made 73 points and finished fourth. You would think that he can only go up.”

Wenger also praised the shot-stopper for his response after he was dropped towards the end of last season.

“I think he questioned himself, especially after the European Championship in Poland where it was a massive disappointment for him [after he was sent off in the opening game] – I think it affected his belief,” Wenger said.

“He has matured through disappointments, like we all do. I believe every big player has to go through that in his career. And what may decide his career is how he comes out of that and I believe he came out in the way I wanted.

“It took him a while but he came back stronger. I took him out of the team last year and since he has come back into the team he has been consistent.”

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