Friday, 29th November, 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could well make himself a legend at the club.

Szczesny recently penned a new deal at the Emirates Stadium and Wenger is full of praise for the Poland international's continued development on his watch.


Indeed, the Frenchman feels that Szczesny has everything needed to write his name in Arsenal's history books.

Wenger told his club's official site: "Yes, he can be one of the best.


"You have to question a little bit the defenders as well [in terms of clean sheets] because you're part of a team and sometimes too many individual stats can lead you to conclusions that are not as obvious as that.

"But what I am sure is that he has the potential to be a historical goalkeeper for Arsenal Football Club. That will depend on how much he will continue to focus, to have the desire to be better, to have the desire to put the hard work in.

"If you look around at different clubs you see how quickly a goalkeeper can lose confidence, how quickly a goalkeeper can lose all his qualities. The level of urgency in this position has to be absolutely 100 per cent."

Wenger also feels that Arsenal are reaping the rewards of a more finished product due to handing Szczesny chances between the sticks at a young age.

That, the Frenchman insists, is not usual practice at "top clubs" – and the 23-year-old is all the better for it.

"He is a very young man. I personally believe his composure is better, his reading of the game is better, his level of concentration is much stronger and that comes out with his numbers.

"He is still a very young goalkeeper because he's at an age where other goalkeepers start to play.

"He has already a vast experience. That's why I think it's very good news for the club that he has extended his contract. But rightly so as well because this club has given him a huge chance at a very young age – and that is not common at in the top, top clubs."

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