Although Wojciech Szczesny has been probably the best and most consistent keeper in the Premier League this season, the Arsenal number 1 refuses to take all the credit for that.
While acknowledging that his performances have benefited from ‘maturity’, he’s keen to ensure that the players around him get their share of the plaudits too.
In a lengthy interview on arsenal.com, Szczesny said, “I don’t want to take too much credit for my numbers and for the small amount of goals that we’ve conceded.
“I believe it’s more a matter of team shape and the defending of 11 players from up front to the back. Mikel and Mathieu and the back five have been fantastic. It’s not just me responsible for the numbers.
“They should take a lot of credit.”
He also spoke about having a back four that doesn’t chop and change every week is crucial to that consistency.
“It’s very important to play in a settled team. I only realised it when I started playing behind the same back four. It’s much easier to read the game when you know which players are a bit slower, who’s a bit quicker and who can recover.
“When the ball goes over Laurent’s head, for example, I know I don’t have to come out because he’s usually faster than most of the strikers.
“He’s got the pace to recover, plus we understand each other’s body language. It’s actually much easier.”
Szczesny won’t be in FA Cup action tonight, with Lukasz Fabianski taking over and Emiliano Viviano on the bench, but he’ll be back for Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Southampton, looking for another clean sheet.