Arsenal boss backs Wojciech Szczesny

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny his backing and has challenged him to emulate former Gunners hero Jens Lehmann.

The 23-year-old has been in impressive form so far this season, firmly cementing his status as number one at the Emirates Stadium after a summer of speculation that he was to be replaced at the club.

However, following his vital role in Arsenal's fine form this season, Szczesny has received a glowing reference from manager Wenger.

Wenger told The Sun: "I gave Lehmann as the example to Wojciech at that time. When I dropped Lehmann, he told me: 'I will force you to play me again'.

"Wojciech is an extrovert. He is a happy boy who likes to be funny and sometimes these people will get the reputation of not being serious."

The Poland international was dropped by the Frenchman last season after some less-than-convincing performances and replaced by fellow countryman Lukasz Fabianki.

Following the signing of Emiliano Viviano on-loan this summer, Szczesny's position looked under threat, but the young custodian has responded incredibly well ever since.

The Arsenal boss also thinks Szczesny can only improve as he gets older, backing the 'keeper to go on to great things at the club.

He said: "People forget that 23-years old for a goalkeeper is like being 18 for an outfield player and he has already played two full seasons in the Premier League and can only get better."

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