Szczesny: Wenger has shown faith in me

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Wojciech Szczesny admits that Arsene Wenger has indulged his rookie status since he became a permanent fixture in the first team squad and again made clear that he’s desperate to repay the faith placed in him not only by the coaching staff but also by supporters.

Handed the number one shirt in the summer and immediately returned to his position between the posts despite pressure from Vito Mannone and an injury-hit first couple of months, the Pole has very much established himself in goal at the Emirates.

Nevertheless, speaking to Amy Lawrence in the Guardian, he’s desperate to push on and help the Gunners win trophies.

“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 came here as a 16-year-old boy and everything I know right now, I know from this club and the people who took care of me when I was young.

“Some of them have had the most influence – of course you have your parents and relatives, but people I have met here have given me so much. It’s everyone. 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.”

One of the factors which has hindered Arsenal’s attempts to win trophies in recent years has centered on an apparent lack of cohesion at the back. However, dismissing suggestions that the club have a ‘dodgy defence’ Szczesny stressed that Arsenal’s overall attacking philosophy coupled with a failure on the part of the collective to do their jobs were far more to blame for the conceding of goals.

“Over a long time I’ve honestly had enough of people saying Arsenal’s defence is not good enough. People judge defence on the back of goals conceded but you have to have a look at the defending in general.

If my back four are completely exposed against Chelsea – most of the time in the first half there it was four of my defenders against six Chelsea players – they were disadvantaged all the time.

“You have to look at the defending of the whole team, the shape of the whole team. People blame the Arsenal defenders way too much over the past couple of seasons.

“I feel for them, massively. I try to help them as much as I can. I am happy to take the blame sometimes for a goal conceded if I felt I could do better. They’ve been hammered.

“Of course sometimes people make mistakes but very often the Arsenal defenders have been criticised too much. It gets to public opinion and once people give you a label of a dodgy defender, whatever you do they look at you closely and there is always something they will find that you have done wrong. It’s quite tough.”

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Check out the full interview where SZCZ talks Euro 2012, Arsenal’s attempts to emulate Barcelona’s playing style and his advocacy of the club’s youth policy, click here.

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Mad love for this Gk !!

remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore
remember the invincibles, because we aren't good anymore

stop defending the dodgy defender Wojiech. Tell the midfield to help out then wtf who they think they are. the midfielders hardly seems to score goals nowadays anyway.

JJ
JJ

Great… Now lets hope he signs some fucking players (i.e David Villa/Capoue) otherwise we wont finish in the top 4.

UGooner
UGooner

Give up hope then, no signings coming in. that much is obvious!

Goon Goon Goon
Goon Goon Goon

He does pull out some excellent performances and at 22 he’s only gonna get better. He’s our pole in the goal

TJ
TJ

He does have a point about the need for the whole team to defend. I’m very positive about himm i think he could be a clubgreat. If he wants, continue his progress and stay fit, he can be our number one in 2026!

BEST IN THE WORLD
BEST IN THE WORLD

How dare he insult the Emirates Cup? What nxt insulting the 4th place trophy?

ChrisGoona
ChrisGoona

We need to keep this core of young players together and hungry for success. We have an edge over most teams, our players really love the Arsenal. Some players simply perform for themselves at rival clubs. With all the negatives that float around our club at least we can proud of this. Wenger deserves a huge amount of credit for sticking to this policy when literally everyone says fuck it spend and replace them all. We may not have won anything in the last 8 years, but we have developed some fine players who I hope will remain loyal and repay the manager.

Mannoneck
Mannoneck

Your views are extreme.
No one said “fuck it replace them all”. People want better quality and competition and/or strength in depth which we lack in many positions.

Also don’t forget that Cesc (and other players) also loved Arsenal yet he left after 8 years with no success.

Hulk
Hulk

He my not be as consistant as Casillas was at his age but there is something about him that makes me trust him more than our previous keepers.
Looking forward to seeing him between the sticks for years to come.

Moo Moo toure
Moo Moo toure
Benis
Benis

They did indeed. The news here are getting thinner and thinner. It’s like the guy from Canada who was saving on his toilet paper, he separated the two layers so he could wipe his arse two times more often. Is arseblog news Canadian?

leroy
leroy

one thumb down from me isn’t enough. i like a good joke as much as the next guy, but that was pathetic. yes, i’m canadian. anyways, arseblog is one of the best arsenal news sources. it doesn’t fabricate stories. it doesn’t spread gossip. it doesn’t make up news for extra clicks. most of the people who post here are intelligent and level-headed and there are some great, honest discussions about the club we love. if you don’t like it, you might be better off reading the daily mail.

Benis
Benis

My bad, he’s from USA. His name is Roy Haynes and here he is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-oA2usUdIw#t=2m30s

R18
R18

Stellar guy this szczesny, showing confidence way beyond his tender years. If he was a bank he would make top dollar coz the kind of savings he’s offering are top notch!

He can only get better.

Mannoneck
Mannoneck

Let’s hope your jokes get better too.

R18
R18

Newsflash: I was not trying to be funny.

subeyr
subeyr

Couldve sworn I read this couple days back on here

anon
anon

It’s a weird repost probably because nothing is happening.

Mannoneck
Mannoneck

I love him as a GK and as a leader.
But we have to give ourselves the means to compete for trophies. Fabregas also came here as a 16 year old boy…

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