Wojciech Szczesny says he loves the pressure of playing for Arsenal and that the team are impatient to bring success to the Emirates.
In a very interesting and wide-ranging interview with Amy Lawrence, the Polish keeper spoke about how the team struggle to take training ground form into games, the lack of trophies, his part in that and his desire to give something back to the club which gave him a chance at the top level.
“People talk about pressure in football but I don’t think pressure should always affect you in a bad way,” he said. “I love games under pressure. The players are impatient. We really want to win a trophy. The fans are understandably impatient, because we should be doing much better than we have been.
“Very often, when we go on the football pitch, I feel like if we don’t score four goals in the first 15 minutes people start being a little bit hesitant. Sometimes you hear boos in the crowd, although that’s a different story.
“You get that kind of atmopshere where some people feel under a little bit too much pressure. But I don’t feel pressure should paralyse you. It should make you even better if anything. It’s hard to explain.”
Szczesny admitted that his mistake in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham was ‘painful’, but has thanked Arsene Wenger for sticking with him.
“I’m 22. I’ve won nothing in football. Literally nothing. The only trophy I have won was the Emirates Cup and that is not exactly enough, is it? The manager does stick with me when I have ups and downs with my form.
“That’s what you get at this age. He shows a lot of faith in me and sticks with me all the time but I am trying to improve. I love this place. I feel I have something I want to give back to them. It gives me a lot of desire to do well.”
It is worth bearing in mind that 22 in extremely young in the career of a goalkeeper, and while Szczesny certainly has the potential to be a very good player making mistakes is part of the learning process of a player in his position.
It’s when you see a 30-something keeper flapping around and charging about like a discombobulated rhino that you know you’re in trouble.