Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the mental strength of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and admitted that he feels the number one has come back stronger since being dropped.
The Polish goalkeeper was benched by Wenger after the first-leg of the Bayern Munich tie and was left out for the following few fixtures as second-choice keeper Lukasz Fabianksi put in a string of fine performances.
Wenger admitted Szczesny was dropped from the first team because he was mentally fatigued after featured in nearly every single game of the season, -a comment that disgruntled Szczesny's dad, who then made strong comments about the Frenchman.
After Fabianski picked up a rib injury during the 3-1 victory against Norwich City, Szczesny was recalled into the first team and he has been impressive in the games he has featured in since.
Since returning to the first team, Szczesny has kept three clean sheets in the last four games and made a fantastic save on Saturday to deny QPR's Loic Remy an equaliser - and his manager feels he has come back a lot stronger.
“It was a very great save, yes,” Wenger said. “It shows the importance of a goalkeeper. We needed him once really and he got there. I must say Remy took the shot very well and very early. He needed a special save.
“I felt that first when I saw him dive, I thought he would not get there. But he extended his final resource very well and that got him there.
“It [competition] is very good for him. You know him as well. I must give him credit because in this competition [from Fabianski], he responded very well, worked hard and when he came back, he was sharper when I left him out, from the first game on. He has responded very well.
“That's what you've seen with people like [David] Seaman, with [Jens] Lehmann when I took him out. They always came back stronger. He does that well. He's in good form now.”
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