by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Arsenal first choice goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, is brimming with confidence ahead of the new campaign. The Polish hands who has risen through the ranks to become first choice at the Emirates, says the club is inching closer to winning trophies.
“This club always has the same aims and that’s winning trophies,” Szczesny said. “We obviously haven’t done it in the last few years and that’s disappointing for the players and the fans but I believe we will be that little bit stronger than we were last year.
“We have a couple of quality signings already. And we’re confident we can fight for the trophies more than we did last year.
“I think the players who were lacking experience last year now have that experience. We have a couple of signings, more players who can score goals. And Podolski’s goal record speaks for itself.
“We’re strong offensively and and [assistant manager] Steve Bould has been doing some fantastic work with the defence. That seems to be working very well. It all makes me believe we’ll be that little bit stronger.”
Szczesny was also full of praise for the club’s new assistant manager, Steve Bould, who he worked with in the Arsenal academy.
“We’ve done a lot of [defensive] shape work in training, work on when we lose the ball and a lot of defending on crosses,” Szczesny explained. “It’s all very sharp as well. Steve likes to shout at players and keep them on their toes – so it’s looking positive.”
“I don’t think we can concede more goals than we did last year,” added Szczesny. “I was the one in goal, I was the one who conceded all those goals, and I’m just disappointed because it shows our defending was a big problem for us last season.”
“We’ll do everything we can to make it better.”