Having taunted Harry Redknapp and Sp*rs all season about finishing above them, few of the Arsenal squad (perhaps Wilshere apart) can have been as relieved about finishing the job than Wojciech Szczesny.
Admitting that he had loftier ambitions at the start of the season, the Pole in goal admitted that given the poor start to the season, third place in the table was well worth celebrating.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after Sunday’s tense 3-2 win over West Brom he stated:
“It is massive. I said before that I don’t think people believed we could finish third.
“Although I wouldn’t have taken it before the season, given the circumstance and the start of the season I think we will take it and we are very pleased.”
Already looking ahead to next season, despite a full summer schedule which will see him keep goal for hosts Poland at the European Championship, Szczesny made clear that ending the trophy drought is very much on the agenda next term.
“You want to win trophies. Yes we are happy we managed to finish third but when you play for this club you want to win trophies and we didn’t do it this year so it is disappointing.
“But we already have one signing coming in and hopefully with one or a couple more we can challenge for a trophy next season.”