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Szczesny defends Arsenal boo-boys

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Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny has refused to condemn the supporters who booed during the side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United yesterday.

The Gunners faithful were unhappy at Arsene Wenger's decision to withdraw young winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the 18-year-old impressing on his starting league debut and picking up an assist for Robin Van Persie's equaliser.

His replacement, Andrey Arshavin, also took some of the blame for Danny Welbeck's winner at the Emirates Stadium in a defeat that leaves the north London outfit five points off the pace in the race for a Champions League finish.

Wenger defended his decision to take off the England U21 international, citing fatigue as one of the main reasons behind his decision, but Polish stopper Szczesny has no issue with the fans letting either the manager or players know they aren't happy.

"I don't want to say something that I shouldn't be saying. They're entitled to their opinion and they show it in the way they do. That's fine with me," he's quoted as saying on SkySports.

"There's a lot of pressure. Obviously, fans expect us to do better than what we've been doing. All we can do is work hard, which we have been doing, and I'm positive the results will come sooner rather than later."

The stopper was also quick to praise club captain Robin Van Persie after the defeat, with the Dutch hitman adding another goal to his personal tally this term.

The former Feyenoord forward is now on 19 league goals for the season, and Szczesny is confident that if 'RVP' remains in top form, the three-match losing run will quickly come to an end.

"Robin is a great player. I've said it a lot of times before, I think he's the best player in the Premier League at the moment," he added.

"Listen, we are disappointed. But we're still confident we have the quality. And it's not only Robin van Persie. I think the whole team is good enough to go on and finish in the top four.

"Having a leader like this - because he's a great skipper - helps the team. It makes us confident that we can score in every single game.

"Hopefully, we can deal with all the pressure that's around us at the moment and live up to the expectations."

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