Wojciech Szczesny says that even if Arsenal bring in another goalkeeper this summer, he’s fully committed to the club and will ‘enjoy’ the competition.
The Polish stopper found himself dropped last season for compatriot Lukasz Fabianski before injury opened the door for him to return to the side, and he played a significant part in the end of season run which saw the Gunners get fourth.
There have been rumours that Arsenal would bring in another keeper this summer with QPR’s Julio Cesar strongly linked, and Szczesny has no issue if that’s the case.
“You have to deal with the competition,” he told the Guardian. “I think that the competition from Lukasz when he was fit was pretty tough and I enjoyed it. It can only bring the best out of me.
“”My confidence never gets crushed. Whatever happens, my attitude doesn’t change. I still try my very best in training. I want to make sure I’m in the best shape possible. Whether someone comes in, it’s not my decision and it won’t affect me in any way.
“There is the same talk every year and no one has been brought in. I think the manager has shown enough faith in me to make me feel confident in my own abilities. So it doesn’t affect me at all.
“I’m still a young goalkeeper so I’m going to have my ups and downs. There’s not a single keeper in the world that goes through a season without a little dip.
“You can play for a smaller club, make a mistake and no one will really highlight it but when you play for a big club, whatever you do is going to be in the papers.”
And Szczesny, like so many of his teammates this summer, has spoken about the excitement in the squad about potential new arrivals. Although none have been forthcoming so far other than Yaya Sanogo, Szczesny said the drama of losing players like Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie has been replaced by something more positive.
“This season the only thing that everyone is talking about is ‘Who is Arsenal going to bring in?'” he said. “It’s not ‘Who is Arsenal going to lose?’
“It makes us feel stronger and more united as a team because we know that everyone is focused on doing the same thing, which is staying here and doing our best.”