Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that Wojciech Szczesny is capable of handling the weight of expectation as the club's first-choice goalkeeper this season.

Szczesny has started all four of Arsenal's games during the early weeks of the campaign, with Wenger choosing to retain Polish starlet ahead of compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, who enjoyed a brief but successful spell in the side towards the end of last season.

The 23-year-old has recovered from injury and a dip in form to win back his place at the Emirates, keeping clean sheets in successive games against Fenerbahce to help Arsenal earn safe passage to the Champions League group stages.

Wenger believes that Szczesny is approaching something like top form and deserves his faith in between the sticks, opting against signing a more experienced keeper to provide competition during the close season.

He told the club's official website: "He is over the problems he had last season,” the boss said. “He had a dip in form, but has come back at the end of the season with good form and a good run, overall for me he is back to his best.

"We forget he is a boy who is only in his third season in the Premier League. He is only 23, for a goalkeeper that is very young. He was third then last season fourth in the Premier League, for such a young goalkeeper, that is not a bad achievement.

"I am sure you will see a great season from Szczesny, and I rate Fabianski very highly, which is why I think we have two very good goalkeepers."

The Gunners are down to a fight between two for the gloves this season after selling Vito Mannone to Sunderland earlier this summer, promoting Argentine youngster Emi Martinez to third choice in case of emergency.

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