Szczesny: Third place is massive

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said that he is very pleased with Arsenal's third-place finish this season.

The North London club guaranteed themselves Champions League football next year after beating West Brom 3-2 at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

Szczesny says that although his side lost four of their first seven Premier League games, this season has been a success.

"It is massive," he told Arsenal Player. "Although I wouldn't have taken it before the season, given the circumstance and the start of the season I think we will take it and we are very pleased.

"You want to win trophies. Yes we are happy we managed to finish third but when you play for this club you want to win trophies and we didn't do it this year so it is disappointing."

Arsene Wenger's side finished just one point clear of rivals Tottenham, after managing only six points from their last five games of the 2011-2012 campaign, and are still looking for their first trophy since winning the FA Cup in 2005, after beating Manchester United on penalties.

Wenger, who was disappointed with Arsenal's 3-3 draw against Norwich in the penultimate game of the season, agrees that Arsenal deserved a Champions League place.

"I'm proud of the season," said the Frenchman. "The mental solidity, the unity and solidarity inside the club has been tested. We didn't show any weakness and kept united.

"In the end, we came back. It's a good lesson for everyone. I told everyone to keep doing what they are doing and in the end we got there."

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