Szczesny: Spurs win ‘up there’ with Barca

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny admits the 5-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur back in February was one of the great moments in his career with the club.

The Gunners were chasing their north London rivals for a place in the top three at the time, and went two goals behind through Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor.

However, a stunning recovery ensued, with Alex Song, Robin Van Persie, Tomas Rosicky and Theo Walcott (2) sending the fans home happy.

For Szczesny, the victory ranks as one of the best during his three-year stay at the club – one of which was spent on loan at Brentford – and even compares with the Champions League win over Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium.

“The Tottenham win, given the circumstances, made it the most enjoyable game at the Emirates so far for me – it’s up there with beating Barcelona,” the Polish stopper told Sport magazine.

“Being 2-0 down at home, against your biggest rivals, you know when you’ve let the fans down and we could hear it. You know you’ve got to do something special to turn it around and, credit to the team – and the fans who were behind us the whole game – we got there in the end.”

Arsenal went on to secure a third-place finish and a place in next season’s Champions League, something Tottenham Hotspur missed out on after Chelsea took the last qualification spot as holders.

The clash in north London wasn’t the turning point of the season for Szczesny though, with the 5-3 win against the Blues a defining moment in the mind of the 22-year-old.

“The turning point in our head was winning 5-3 at Chelsea. At that point we still weren’t playing very well, but after that we had it in our heads that we could beat the best by playing really good football,” he concluded.

Victory at Stamford Bridge in October came courtesy of a Robin Van Persie hat-trick, with Andre Santos and Theo Walcott also on the scoresheet in west London.

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