There is a feeling going around Arsenal Football Club at the minute that we are one Wembley cup final away from completing a good season. Although the Gunners have finished in the same fourth place as last time, a win at Norwich on the final day will give us 79 points, which would have seen us finish second last year. And an FA cup to end the trophy drought will put a smile on every Gooner’s face.
But the Arsenal keeper is not content with this. Wojciech Szczesny was reported by Arsenal.com talking about this season and the regrets he has that Arsenal could not keep up the form that saw us in with the first realistic title challenge in years.
The Poland international is keen to record one more clean sheet to give him the Golden Glove award over the Chelsea stopper Petr Cech. But he is not that fussed about his personal rewards and is desperate to give the fans a trophy to celebrate. Unfortunately, it is not the BPL one that it should have been.
Despite his disappointment, though, the Arsenal number one thinks that the team have shown a significant improvement and should be fighting for the title next season. He is keen for Arsene Wenger to make a few quality signings to push the Gunners on, but he feels the core is already there.
Szczesny said, “I think it’s good to sign off with a win and sign off in front of our fans but with two games to go we had nothing to play for at home and I think we shouldn’t really be in that position. We should be fighting for the title.
“Of course [there’s a sense of what might have been]. I believe that we should be in a position to challenge to win the Premier League and maybe Sunday would have been a completely different atmosphere if we had kept going the way we were at some point.
“I never considered fourth place before the start of the season as a successful season and a good position. I play for Arsenal Football Club because I want to win the title every year.
“Obviously at some point, when you lose games and you lose the chance to fight for the title, then the new challenge is to secure the Champions League spot and that was the aim this season, but I wouldn’t have taken it before the season.
“We dropped some important points and lost games and had to finish fourth when we weren’t probably the favourites to finish fourth. At least we managed to do that for our fans and hopefully we’ll manage to get the FA Cup for them.
“I think the squad is stronger and I think everyone can say the squad was strong enough to challenge for the title.
“It didn’t happen for us this year but one thing we have learned is that that we are good enough to challenge next year, and hopefully add a little bit more strength as well with a couple of new players coming in.
“Hopefully we will be stronger and, if we manage to keep the consistency for the whole season, we’ll be up there.”
Will Arsenal be where our young keeper wants them to be at this time next year, or have we blown our big chance?