Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says the team have been working hard to correct the set-piece weakness that has plagued Arsenal’s defence.
Last season Arsenal conceded more goals from set-pieces than any other team, a whopping 56% of their total goals conceded, and the pre-season preparations have obviously focused on this.
Speaking ahead of the Emirates Cup, Szczesny said “I think you might see a little change of tactics tomorrow. Yes, we have been working on it, and I believe it’s working.
I genuinely believe it’s going to get much better this season”.
When asked if criticism of Arsenal’s defensive record hurt, he said, “It made us more determined to work hard on our weaknesses. With corners/set-pieces, you have to take individual responsibility, but also the organisation is very important as well.
We’ve changed that a little bit, we have players who can lead and organise, so I see no reason why we should concede goals from set-pieces”.
With Carl Jenkinson the only defensive recruit since the end of last season Arsenal fans will be hoping Szczesny’s confidence is well placed and that the work on the training ground is as effective as he maintains.
The Polish international also re-iterated his desire to maintain his position as Arsenal’s number 1. With compatriot Lukasz Fabianski fit again, and with Euro 2012 being partly hosted in Poland, both keepers have no shortage of motivation for the season ahead.
See the full interview, alongside Arsene Wenger, on Arsenal Player.