Arsenal boss names his new No.1

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Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is ready to make the Arsenal No.1 jersey his own after revealing he will be first choice between the sticks for the Gunners this season.

Since the departure of Jens Lehmann, who returned for a brief spell last season amid an injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger has struggled to find a permanent candidate for the position.

Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski have both have spells in goal for Arsenal, however according to Szczesny, he will take up the mantle from the beginning of the season.

"I received a clear signal from Arsene Wenger before the new season that I would be the number one keeper in the Arsenal goal," he stated.

"The other keepers in the team must compete with me, but I do not plan to give up.

"Of course, I feel a huge pressure. I know very well how good a keeper Lukasz Fabianski is and I must be in top form all the time."


Szczesny also hopes to remain first-choice goalkeeper for Poland in the build-up to next summer's Euro 2012 championship on home soil.

"Now, everything is in my own hands," he explained. "If I do not make any horrible mistakes, I should keep my position until the Euros."

The Pole appeared to have nailed down the position mid-way through the season, but a broken thumb, suffered while playing against Barcelona in the Champions League thwarted his effort to stamp his mark on the position.

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