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Wojciech Szczesny: Competition improves me

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has admitted that he is not worried about speculation linking the club with a new goalkeeper, insisting that he would love Arsene Wenger to sign some competition for him.

After impressing during loan spells away from the club, Szczesny finally broke into the first team at the Emirates Stadium and was considered Wenger's number-one choice at the start of last season, but after a string of poor performances and sloppy errors, the Pole was replaced by his countryman Lukasz Fabianski.

Szczesny only regained his place in the first-team at the end of last season because Fabianski picked up an injury which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign but, since then, Wenger has been on the look out for a new shot-stopper to give both Polish keepers some serious competition.

Arsenal have already lost one goalkeeper in Vito Mannone, who has joined Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland, but the Gunners have been strongly linked with moves for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar and Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Despite the speculation, Szczesny admits that he is still confident and wouldn't mind having competition for the number-one jersey.

"My confidence never gets crushed," he told reporters. "Whatever happens, my attitude doesn't change. I still try my very best in training. I want to make sure I'm in the best shape possible.

"Whether someone comes in, it's not really my decision and it won't affect me in any way. You have to deal with the competition.

"I think that the competition from Lukasz when he was fit was pretty tough and I enjoyed it. I really don't mind competition, it can only bring the best out of me.

"I don't doubt myself. There is the same talk every year and no-one has been brought in. I think the manager has shown enough faith in me to make me feel confident in my own abilities.

"It's not really my business if he signs anyone or not. I let him make his decisions and whatever happens, happens. I'm not really interested in that."

He added: "Even if the boss was to make a big signing in goal, I wouldn't look for a way out.

"I would do my very best to compete for the No 1 spot and make sure I do my very best for the club whatever my position at the club is.

"The club is in my heart and I wouldn't be thinking about going elsewhere so my head is pretty clear when it comes to that.

"I'm still a young goalkeeper so I'm going to have my ups and downs. It's normal. There's not a single keeper in the world that goes through a season without a little dip

"Obviously, you wish that that dip is not long but you have to learn how to deal with disappointments but it never really affected my attitude, which is the most important thing.

"If things go wrong, I just make sure that I try a little bit harder in training. You can play for a smaller club and make a mistake and no-one will really highlight it.

"When you play for a big club, whatever you do is going to be in the papers. People are going to question you but as I said, it's not really a problem for me.

"I'm confident in my own abilities. The manager has shown faith in me so that's what helps me keep my head clear and just try my best for the club.'

 

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