Wenger 'best in the world' - Szczesney

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Wojciech Szczesny maintains it is "ridiculous" to suggest Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has run out of ideas and should be replaced - hailing him as "the best manager in the world".

The Gunners may have beaten Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United 1-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but their hopes of a first trophy since 2005 have long gone. Some critics and supporters alike have questioned whether Wenger, who transformed the Gunners since taking charge in September 1996, remains the right man for the job.


However, 21-year-old goalkeeper Szczesny insists Arsenal's future is very much in the right hands, and he said: "It is ridiculous. If you ask any of the players, they will stand by the manager. He built this thing from nothing and I believe he is the best manager in the world."

He added: "He puts his reputation on the line with young players."

Wenger's continued faith in youth failed to deliver once again in 2011 as his side suffered a shock Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham at Wembley, which was followed by swift exits from the Champions League in Barcelona and the FA Cup at Old Trafford before a costly run of draws then defeat at Bolton put pay to any title hopes.

It was a mix-up between Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny, the 25-year-old summer recruit from Lorient, which gifted Birmingham striker Obafemi Martins a dramatic late winner at Wembley - a moment from which Wenger believes his squad never really recovered.

Szczesny believes such deep frustrations can only make the squad stronger.

"We all take individual responsibility for our mistakes, and everyone has played their part in this season's disappointments," he said.

"We just have to take it as a team. You can't blame the boss. He stood by the team all season."

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