Wojciech Szczesny is happy the Arsenal defence have shaken off criticism following the untidy performance against Aston Villa because he’s desperate to keep further clean sheets following two in the last three games.
Having denied Fenerbahce from hitting the onion bag both home and away, the Pole also underlined how personally he takes denying opponents by stressing his disappointment at Darren Bent’s late consolation effort for Fulham.
“I’m very happy,” Szczesny told Arsenal.com. “It makes my job much easier when the defenders play like that. Hopefully we can get a few more clean sheets in the Premier League because we’ve not kept one yet. It’s a little bit of an obsession for me so hopefully we can improve on that.
“I don’t like to concede. The one against Fulham does my head in.
“I’m doing alright. We managed to keep a clean sheet twice out of the last three games. Hopefully we can still improve but I’m kind of satisfied.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s first North London derby of the season Szczesny also took the opportunity to rally the troops in his usual pot-stirring manner.
“We just want to give the fans something to cheer about and make sure we get three points [on Sunday].
“We know how important this game is. Not only for the three points but for the mood around the Club. We’ll make sure we do the job properly like we did today and in the last couple of games. Hopefully that will give us the result.”
Arsenal’s number one isn’t the only player looking forward to another mouthwatering derby with the feral cocks up the road.
Dismissing suggestions that Tottenham’s transfer window spending has made them a stronger unit than the Gunners, Theo Walcott told the Evening Standard that confidence is high at London Colney off the back of three successive wins.
“I feel we’re very, very strong. Everyone makes out our squad is very weak and there are not many of us but I think we showed in the last few games that we bounced back from a bad result in the first match [the 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa] and proved a lot of people wrong.
“Every club are different and they invested their money very well. For us players we just want to do a job on Sunday, we don’t care if they have brought in £30m stars.
“They have some very good players and a very good manager but we need to make sure we focus on ourselves. The way we’re playing at the moment we believe we can beat anyone.
“It’s a massive game and I always enjoy them. The fans make it very special. It’s very early in the season considering there is an England game coming up but us players love it and it’s a fixture I always look at straight away.
“Tottenham are playing very good stuff at the moment but we are looking very sharp so for the neutral it’s going to be a pretty impressive spectacle.”