Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has complete faith in goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s abilities, and believes the Polish international will be a key part of the Gunners' success.
“I love his brashness and personality, just like I love Joe Hart’s.
“Wojciech has huge ability and what you need at the top level. He has height – he’s 6ft 5in tall – and a dad guiding him.
“He’s going to make mistakes. He was culpable for the Carling Cup Final, but Koscielny should have cleared it. And he could have been sent off after five minutes.
“But he has the character to come back and recover from that. He’s got the belief and the most important thing is that the other players can see his quality.”
Wilson argued that Szczesny would be facing high expectations as a keeper for Arsenal, but the 20 year old won’t let that bother him.
“If you play for Arsenal, Manchester United or Chelsea, you have to step up to the mark.
“There is a history, an expectation, and you’ll get it thrown in your face – Jack Kelsey, Bob Wilson, Pat Jennings, John Lukic, David Seaman and Jens Lehmann.
“They are big shoes to step into, but it doesn’t worry Wojciech – he has the personality.”
While Arsenal look to be playing second fiddle to Manchester United on the Barclays Premier League table at the moment, and without a win on the board since February 23, they are only seven points behind the title leaders. Should Arsenal win their game at hand, and beat Manchester United when the two face off in May, the gap will shrink to just one point.
And while Arsenal have suffered disappointment in losing their Champions League and FA Cup ties, they have the advantage now over Manchester United of only one fixture to concentrate on.