Wojciech Szczesny has had a difficult season at Arsenal, there are no two ways about it. In fact, it all started at Euro 2012 when he conceded a penalty and was sent off in the first game for Poland. He didn’t play again, which must have been a nightmare, especially as Poland were hosts.
The 23-year old also cost Arsenal some vital Premier League points, but his worst moment must have been allowing Blackburn to score, essentially ending our trophy dreams for another year. The last straw for Wenger came in the north London derby and he was dropped after that. His dad’s anti-Wenger and Arsenal rant did not help, but Szczesny has taken it all board and come back fighting.
An injury to Fabianski, who you have to feel sorry for, gave Szczesny an early chance to redeem himself, which he has grabbed with both gloves. We knew he had talent, as he proved again with a fantastic save to stop Remy equalising on Saturday. It was his attitude that seemed to be the problem, so Wenger is pleased with the way his number one has responded.
“(competition) is very good for him,” Wenger told Arsenalplayer. “You know him as well. I must give him credit, because in this competition, he responded very well, worked hard, and when he came back he was sharper than when I left him out, from the first game on. He has responded very well.
“That’s what you’ve seen with people like Seaman, with Lehmann when I took him out. They always came back stronger. He does that well. He’s in good form now.”
His return to form has been very timely for the Gunners and hopefully two more clean sheets will see us finish in the top four.