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Szczesny: Arsenal should've won trophies

Szczesny has been frustrated this season (©GettyImages)
Szczesny has been frustrated this season (©GettyImages).

Wojciech Szczesny has admitted he is frustrated at Arsenal’s failure to win any silverware this season.

 

The Gunners were dumped out of the Champions League by AC Milan at the last 16 stage in March, and exited the FA Cup and the Carling Cup against Manchester City and Sunderland respectively.

 

With their chances of winning the Premier League already long gone, Arsenal are destined to end their seventh successive season without a trophy, something that Szczesny admits is playing on his mind.

 

"I would've been more satisfied if we had won any trophies," he told the club's official website.

 

"My goal at the beginning of the season was to win trophies for this club and I haven't won any, so that's always a big disappointment.

 

"But it's my first full season in professional football, I'm enjoying it, and I think I've been quite consistent considering my age."

 

The Polish international will make his 70th appearance for the Gunners when they go up against Chelsea on Saturday in a match that could have a huge say in the race for a top four spot.

 

Arsenal squandered the opportunity to tighten their grip on third place in the Premier League with defeat against Wigan, with five points between them and Tottenham in fourth place, who have played a game less.

 

Szczesny is likely to be amongst the first names down on the team sheet for the game to face Chelsea, but the talented shot-stopper remains adamant that despite a successful season to date he is Arsenal’s established number one.

 

"I'm 22 years old and I don't think I'm an established number one. I still need to prove myself at this club," he commented.

 

"I do feel confident, but if we had this conversation in a few years' time and I've played 500 games for this club, I'll feel like I'm an established number one.

 

"I've never been short of confidence but when you actually start playing regularly and you feel like you're number one for the club, it gives you massive confidence knowing that the manager believes in you and trusts whatever you do.

 

"You know you can afford to make the odd mistake and you won't be dropped. It gives me a lot of confidence and that kind of shows in my performances.

 

"I believe I have improved, I've matured a lot in goal, I keep my focus for 90 minutes - which wasn't always the case in my early days.

 

"So the improvement is there but I'm hoping to improve with every single game and every single season at this club."

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