Wenger hails sharper Szczesny


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Wojcieh Szczesny for his improved performances in goal for the Gunners this season.

The 23-year-old made his 100th Premier League appearance for the north Londoners on Saturday as he helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Fulham. He had a dip in form towards the end of last season, but has since cemented his spot as the Gunners number one between the posts this term.

Wenger says he has been delighted with the shot stopper’s displays for his side of late, hailing him as one of the Premier League’s best.

“Certainly a part of his improvement is mental because he’s more mature,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“His decision-making is cleaner, sharper, quicker. He was always a very talented boy but because he’s intelligent he learns quickly from experience.

“I’m happy that I always gave him the confidence because he’s developing very well into a very strong goalkeeper and today certainly nobody would question that he’s one of the top five goalkeepers in the Premier League.”

The Frenchman also heaped praises on the defence which has been one of the best in the Premier League so far this season.

“That defensive solidity of course is the basic work you have to do to be efficient at home,” he added.

“Maybe what is even more important is to have that solidarity at home because it gives you time to fatigue your opponent, time to stretch them, time to dominate them and get the game completely in their own half. The longer that lasts the more you have chances to score.”

He started the season with a shaky performance in the first game of the season against Aston Villa and the calls for a new goalkeeper intensified, but instead of letting that get to him he picked his head down and started performing consistently game after game. That consistency, coupled with his undoubtable talent, has placed him as one of the top keepers in the league.

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