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Wojciech Szczesny reveals worrying fact about Arsenal's pre-match routine

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Wojciech Szczesny has emerged from his Arsenal rut in quite some style as the heir in waiting to Gianluigi Buffon's throne. 

After two seasons away with AS Roma, the Gunners' old number one secured a permanent move away from the Emirates and to Juventus where he will eventually assume responsibility between the sticks.

The Pole rose through the Arsenal ranks as an impressive shot stopper and looked - for all intents and purposes - to become a regular in the starting XI for years to come.

However, mistakes began to creep in during the 2013-14 season with David Ospina replacing him in the short term before the arrival of Petr Cech demoted him to third choice.

He has made no secret about how tough the decision to leave Arsenal this summer was.

In an interview with the Independent, Szczesny explained: “Accepting that my time with Arsenal was over was difficult because I never imagined leaving. I supported them as a kid and I got to play for the club of my dreams, but life goes on.

"It was the right thing for me and both clubs and, while one side of me found it difficult to say it was over, the other said lets just get it done.”

The prospect of being number one at a team with two Champions League final appearances in three years proved too attractive, however.

Juventus v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A

And Szcesny has admitted, in general, that the football in Serie A is very different to that of the Premier League. 

The Pole revealed something rather surprising about the difference in preparation he experienced with AS Roma and Juventus, as opposed to Arsenal.

He noted: Whether it was [Luciano] Spalletti at Roma or Max Allegri here, the preparation for the game is different to what I was used to in England.

"You work on the shape of the team for a particular match all week. "

At Arsenal you’d just prepare physically for it but here you watch film analysing a specific opponent before the game and afterwards we’ll watch again to see what worked and what didn’t."

Very interesting.

Obviously, Szczesny isn't exactly saying that Arsenal don't video review their opponents either, but with Arsenal's chaotic defending and blunt attacking play of late, it's perhaps surprising that their onus is on physicality.

Besides, you could argue that their physical play really wasn't up to scratch against the likes of Stoke in recent years.

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It won't exactly fill Arsenal fans with any addition confidence regarding a manager already under pressure.

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Ian Wright
Dennis Bergamp
Arsene Wenger
Emotional-Angry
Wojciech Szczesny
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Thierry Henry
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