Szczesny keeps faith in Gunners defence

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Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny is confidence the club's much-maligned defence will be up for the challenge in the Barclays Premier League this summer.

The Pole has seen his side lose a lead three times this pre-season, most recently against Benfica in the Eusebio Cup over the weekend, when Robin Van Persie's opener was cancelled out by goals from Pablo Aimar and Nolito.

Szczesny, who has only conceded twice in pre-season, has urged the Emirates faithful not to panic though, and believes the club's back four are up to the challenge at hand.

“I’m quite happy with the defensive side. We didn’t concede in the first half [against Benfica] and I’m fairly happy with how we have done in pre-season," he told the official Arsenal website.

"I wouldn’t pay too much attention to the results. They have been disappointing, we must admit because we haven’t won enough games [but] the most important thing is fitness and showing the manager that you should be starting on 13th of August.

"I just hope that in a week’s time when we play at Newcastle we play better and come out with the right result."

St. James' Park was the scene of a quite extraordinary match between the two teams last season, with the Magpies coming back from four goals behind to grab an improbable 4-4 draw.


It was a pivotal moment in the season for the Gunners, according to Szczesny, and the North Londoners will be eager to have their revenge on Tyneside in the late kick-off on Saturday.

“There is a determination to win the game because I believe we lost the title at Newcastle last season,” the stopper continued.

“We want to turn up at Newcastle and show that it was a one-off accident and it will not happen again.”

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