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Szczesny: Arsenal defending as a team

Arsenal have been defensively secure in recent time (©GettyImages)
Arsenal have been defensively secure in recent time (©GettyImages).

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that the side are defending more as a team now and that is the reason behind their impressive defensive record in the last several games.

Arsenal have conceded just four times in their last nine fixtures and are looking much more of a defensive unit now than what they were earlier on in the season.

A centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker has been at the heart of the back-four which has kept so many clean-sheets, but the number-one keeper believes the whole team defend better and defend as a unit.

The Polish goalkeeper has re-gained the number-one spot after Lukasz Fabianski picked up a rib injury and has been superb in-between the sticks as he has kept three clean-sheets in the last four appearances.

The shot-stopped also made a fantastic save at the weekend to deny Loic Remy an equaliser late-on in a game which was a must win.

He told Arsenal Player: "I don't think it was a great save.

"There wasn't a lot of pace on the shot so it was easy to reach.

"It might sound funny but I don't think it was that difficult a save. A big one in the context of the fight for the top four but I'm not getting too excited.

"I think in the last 15 minutes when they put the pressure on we handled it quite well. We didn't have a lot of height in our defence today so set pieces were a big test and we handled it brilliantly.

"I don't think it's all about the save - it's about the team performance. We kept another clean sheet. We've not been conceding a lot of goals recently so that's very important.

"I'd settle for another two 1-0s for the rest of the season and a place in the top three. Hopefully we can keep it going. Even if a game like this is boring at times, we couldn't care less at this time. We just want to get the three points and go back home."

After the game, Szczesny revealed that the whole side help out at the back and that is why they are conceding less goals.

"They (Koscielny and Mertesacker) have got a lot of credit but I think we should focus on how we defend as a team," he said. "It's not just the two centre backs and the goalkeeper who makes save, it's the whole team and the way we defend.

"[With] set pieces and our shape, a lot of credit has to go to Steve Bould as well for his work. Yes, they've [the centre backs have] been fantastic and they've got the credit they deserve but I believe there's a lot of people helping them out."

 

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