Wojciech Szczesny has promised that Arsenal will be stronger at the back this season and believes that Steve Bould’s influence will pay dividends.
Despite Arsene Wenger stating publicly that his side looked defensively fragile and have a lot of work to do after Sunday’s draw with Kitchee FC, the Pole, who was making his first Gunners appearance since his disappointing Euro 2012, insists that progress is being made on the training ground.
“We’re strong offensively and and [assistant manager] Steve Bould has been doing some fantastic work with the defence. That seems to be working very well,” explained Szczesny. “It all makes me believe we’ll be that little bit stronger.
“We’ve done a lot of [defensive] shape work in training, work on when we lose the ball and a lot of defending on crosses.
“It’s all very sharp as well. Steve likes to shout at players and keep them on their toes – so it’s looking positive.”
Accepting that a repeat of the 49 goals conceded in the Premier League last term (a record in the Wenger era) is unacceptable, the Pole stressed that the team as a whole will do their utmost to improve the situation.
“I don’t think we can concede more goals than we did last year. I was the one in goal, I was the one who conceded all those goals, and I’m just disappointed because it shows our defending was a big problem for us last season.
“We’ll do everything we can to make it better.”
*Arseblog News scans finger down fixture list, spots away fixture at Old Trafford in November, pokes finger repeatedly at said fixture, remembers a bad day last August and dreams of a possible clean sheet *