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Wojciech Szczęsny says being dropped helped him

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For so long, Arsenal have been hindered by instability from their many goalkeepers. However, that period may be over thanks to the form of Wojciech Szczęsny, who says being dropped helped him the become better.

Until last week's heavy defeat at Manchester City, the Gunners boasted the best defensive record in the Premier League.

A lot of that good work has been down to the Polish international who has kept an impressive 11 clean sheets so far this term. He will be between the sticks tomorrow at The Emirates Stadium where the north London club can return to the top of the table with a win over Chelsea.

It's a far cry from last season when the young stopper was dropped for the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich by manager Arsene Wenger after a string of poor performances. The 23-year-old thinks it may have a positive moment.

"It is hard to tell because I don't know what it would have been like if I wasn't dropped," He said.

"But looking at my own performances now it must have been a good decision from the manager because I feel better, I feel sharper and more confident in myself,"

"That little break away from the pressure meant that I could focus on my training to come back sharper, and so far it has worked out pretty well.

"I think I am very consistent now, I am a little bit more mature and the back four are helping me out as well, so I would say it is the most consistent run of my career - but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

"The experience I have had of playing 130-odd games for one of the biggest clubs in the world gives you that maturity and calmness.

"It probably makes a big difference in my performances as well. Maybe it comes with maturity but I do feel more focused during games."

Szczęsny has also started to nail down the keepers' spot for his country. After being sent off in the first game of Euro 2012 on home soil he went a little down the pecking order.

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc played most of Poland's ultimately unsuccessful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign but Szczęsny came in for the last fixture against England at Wembley. 

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