Unlike Robin van Persie, Wojciech Szczesny isn’t eyeing revenge against Manchester United because he’s already put the 8-2 hammering at Old Trafford to the back of his untroubled, Terminator-like mind.
Reflecting on August’s horror show at Old Trafford the Pole stressed that the Gunners can take heart from their home form and are fully focused on returning to their deserved place in the top four.
Speaking to the Evening Standard the 21-year-old made clear that his mind would be clear when faced with Wayne Rooney and other similarly disgusting specimens.
“We lost badly to United earlier in the season but there are no scars from that game,” said the number 13.
“We had plenty of injuries at Old Trafford, we had played away at Udinese so we had a lot of things to deal with going into that game. We were not able to perform at our best for many reasons.
“We don’t see any element of revenge for what happened. We just want to pick up three points and climb up the table because we don’t deserve to be where we are.
“I wouldn’t treat it as revenge because we got over that game a long time ago. It is time for us to get points against them. We are 12 points off Man United and we need to show the gap in quality is not as big as that difference in the table reveals. We have to show we can challenge the top teams.”
Having kept goal in the home victories against Barcelona and Manchester United last season, Szczesny knows what it is like to win matches against Europe’s top sides and wants to experience the same joy again. Citing this season’s relatively decent record at the Emirates (in comparison to the rather pathetic away results), he continued:
“We are doing very well at home because we don’t concede very many goals. It is different to our away form and at the Emirates we get the results that prove how good we can be.
“We have to be confident that when the big boys come to the Emirates, we can get the results and that will make the difference in the fight to finish in the top four.
“I love playing big games so the sooner one comes up after a couple of poor results, the better for me. So I am glad we play Man United now.
“We are much more confident going into this match. We know that we are under pressure because we have to deliver the performance and get the three points on Sunday. But I think over the years, this club have shown that we do our best work under pressure and win games so hopefully that will happen again for us.”