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Wojciech Szczesny will be world class

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Szczesny can be vital to Arsenal's future (©GettyImages)
Szczesny can be vital to Arsenal's future (©GettyImages).

A lot has been made of Arsenal's apparent need for a new first choice goalkeeper, while they were linked to a host of names this summer including Julio Cesar, Iker Casillas and Rene Adler.

Despite this, the only arrival was the loan signing of Emiliano Viviano from Italian side Palermo, and he is expected to provide back-up to young Polish stopper Wojciech Szczesny.

Szczesny's form has been widely criticised, particularly during last season when it was suggested that he was suffering mentally, losing his number one jersey briefly to Lukasz Fabianski before reclaiming it prior to this campaign.

However, it can be argued that Arsenal need not look beyond their young custodian in their search for a world class player, as the Pole has all the tools to be one of the very best in the game.

With a solid command of his area, Szczesny is incredibly vocal and has the ability to marshall his defence well, as shown by Arsenal being statistically the second best side defensively last season. 

Obviously the 'keeper missed some of those matches but he was a vital cog for three quarters of the season and has shown remarkable confidence to come back from last season's setback and start this year in a positive way, despite an opening day 3-1 humbling against Aston Villa.

As well as this, the Polish international is also one of the finest shot-stoppers in the Premier League, and makes a number of fantastic reflex saves every week to deny some of the league's best attackers. 

This has helped especially when it comes to saving penalties, as although he has a somewhat unorthodox technique, Szczesny seems to be very adept at keeping spot kicks out. This is evidenced by saves against Udinese, Liverpool and most recently Aston Villa, to name but a few.

Szczesny's one drawback it seems, is that he can suffer lapses in concentration during matches and make some very risky decisions, leading to him making a high number of fouls for a goalkeeper.

However, at only 23, the Pole has years ahead of him in order to eradicate immature aspects of his game such as that. 'Keepers don't usually peak until around the age of 30 so he has a long time until he hits his supposed 'best years' even though he has already established himself as a regular Premier League goalkeeper.

Even just in the last couple of matches for Arsenal, Szczesny has looked incredibly focussed and pulled off several important stops each time at crucial moments to keep the opposition at bay and help the Gunners rectify their horror start against Villa on the opening day.

Arsenal not getting an experienced goalkeeper through the doors this summer could turn out to be the best decision manager Arsene Wenger ever made, as it allows Szczesny to showcase his considerable talents behind an ever-improving defence.

With the potential the 23-year-old has, he could be a fixture in the Arsenal first-team for up to 15 years and also become one of the world's best in the next few seasons. Watch this space.

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