Wojciech Szczesny ignoring Arsenal speculation

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Wojciech Szczesny says he doesn't worry when Arsenal are linked with other goalkeepers, insisting he can only concentrate on improving.

Arsenal were linked with Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Julio Cesar, Asmir Begovic and Brad Guzan in the summer transfer window and Arsene Wenger also brought in Emiliano Viviano on loan.

The speculation followed a season of indifference for Szczesny after poor form saw him dropped from the squad in favour of his compatriot Lukasz Fabianski.

He eventually won his place back at the Emirates but many were left wondering about the 23-year-old's long-term viability as a No.1 'keeper.

However, Szczesny says he is not concerned about Arsenal being linked with potential replacements for him and can only respond by improving on the pitch.

He told the Evening Standard: “I don’t have any influence over rumours and speculation.

“I can only respond to those kinds of things on the pitch. The most important thing for me is the boss’s opinion and whether he retains faith in my abilities.

"I don’t go and ask about whether a new goalkeeper is being brought in.

“I keep my head down in training, and during matches I try to repay the belief he has shown in me. It’s a debt I owe him.

The Polish international, who impressed whilst playing against England at Wembley recently, says he wouldn't mind if a 'keeper was brought in, saying the extra competition will motivate him to improve further.

"I’m not afraid of having to compete for my place with any other goalkeeper," he added. "You can never have too many good quality players, Anyway, I like having obstacles placed in my path, as it just makes you put in more effort to achieve your goals.”

Szczesny also insists that last season's period that saw him dropped has helped him to become a better player and he has full confidence that the coaching staff at Arsenal can guide him in the right direction.

“I believe I’m a better goalkeeper than before,” said the 23‑year-old. “I’ve improved my game in the last two years. I can see the benefits of the work we’ve done in training.

“I have complete trust in the Arsenal coaching staff. It might just be that my improvement has not matched up to the way expectations around me have risen.

“I’m not sure how far away I might be from being counted among the top echelon of goalkeepers. I know I have to continue working very hard to develop every aspect of my game. I lost my place in the Arsenal team and had to work very hard for the manager to change his view. But I got my chance again.”

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