It appears that the Arsenal keeper, Wojciech Szczesny, is one of those glass half full sort of people. While most Arsenal fans are looking at our uppunebts in the group with a certain amount or resignation and bemoaning our luck again, the Poland international has no doubt that the Gunners can go all the way.
Having the German giants Borussia Dortmund for the third time in four seasons, along with the Turkish club Galatasaray and the Belgian champions Anderlecht, while the perennially lucky Chelsea got Maribor, Sporting and Schalke, is just typical of our luck, but Shezzer is not concerned, as reported by The Mirror.
The 23-year old said, “Obviously, if you take part in any competition and play for such a big club, you want to win it.
“It’s a great competition, you know how tough it is, but with the quality we have got, if we stay consistent for the whole season, then we will give it a go.”
Whereas the ideal way would be for Arsenal to top the group and avoid the best teams in the next round, the keeper is aware that you need to beat the best to win it. And the way Arsenal are looking stronger, more resilient and harder to beat, you would have to give us a chance against anyone.
Szczesny continued, “Even when you look at the Besiktas game, we were under a lot of pressure. We had to play with ten men in both games and we showed character and experience which made the difference.
“Hopefully that experience will get us through in the Champions League Group stages and go as far as people expect us to.”
He went on to praise the performance and fighting qualities of our summer signing Alexis Sanchez, who exemplified the determination in the team and who may well have to carry the hopes of Arsenal up front all through the group stage.
So is his optimism well placed or are the Gunners set to struggle in Europe again?