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Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny Profile

Born April 18, 1990
Warsaw, Poland
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Previous Club(s) Legia Warsaw, Brentford (loan)
Arsenal Debut September 22, 2009

Polish ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny passed the 100-appearance mark towards the end of last season, underlining his status as a fixture in the Arsenal side.

His second full term as first choice contributed fully to the learning curve of a player who is still young for his position. After keeping a clean sheet in the opening game against Sunderland, injury laid him low for the best part of 10 weeks before he returned to Premier League action for November’s 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Barring a spell out of the side in March and April, the number one spot was his for the rest of the campaign. Noteworthy performances included fine showings in 1-0 wins at Sunderland and QPR, the latter proving particularly vital to the Gunners’ late-season run. He kept four clean sheets in the final six games of the campaign, taking his seasonal tally of shut outs to 12 – at a rate of better than one in three appearances.

A confident presence who communicates well, Wojciech joined the Arsenal Academy in 2006 from hometown club Legia Warsaw – where he had made his first-team debut aged 15. He made his Arsenal bow in a Carling Cup win over West Bromwich Albion in 2009 and, after a successful loan at Brentford in 2009/10, debuted in the Premier League against Manchester United in December 2010. His Champions League debut came against Barcelona the following February.

Son of ex-Poland goalkeeper Maciej Szczesny, he is a regular for his country and won his first cap in November 2009.

Wojciech Szczesny's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009-2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010-2011 15 0 2 0 2 0 5 0 24 0
2011-2012 38 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 48 0
2012-2013 25 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 33 0
2013-2014 34 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 43 0
Total 112 0 23 0 7 0 7 0 149 0

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10

August

Wojciech featured in all four of Arsenal's games in August. The Pole kept clean sheets in both of Arsenal's Champions League qualifying legs and put in an impressive display in the Gunners' 3-1 league win away to Fulham.

September

Wojciech featured in five of Arsenal's six games in September. The Pole was in solid form, conceding just four goals. His most notable performances came in the north London derby win over Spurs and the Champions League opener against Marseille where he was forced into making a number of smart saves. “Hopefully I can be the Club's No 1 this season," Wojciech told Arsenal player. "I want to win a trophy for this club because that is what is missing in my career and I'm sure it is what the fans have been missing. It’s a big season."

January

Wojciech played in four of Arsenal's six games in January to help the Gunners make an unbeaten start to 2014. The Polish stopper kept clean sheets in the home wins against Cardiff City and Fulham before making some key saves in the 2-2 draw with Southampton at the end of the month. Speaking after that game, Wojciech said: "It is very tight, but it doesn’t matter who is top of the league now. "We have been there for quite a while but what matters is who finishes top in mid-May. We will go into this period with plenty of confidence and we hope to show people what we are made of."

October

Wojciech continued his impressive start to the season with some fine displays in October. The Polish keeper made five appearances and and kept clean sheets in the wins over Napoli and Crystal Palace. His most notable display came against the Eagles where he made two outstanding saves in the second half to keep the Gunners ahead. After the 2-0 win over Napoli, Wojciech said: "I was like one of the fans behind the goal, just watching the game, and I couldn't believe what was going on. We must have a couple of decent players or something! It was very enjoyable to watch."

November

November saw some of Wojciech's best performances in an Arsenal shirt. The Pole kept five clean sheets from six games with the solitary goal conceded coming in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United. His most notable performances came in the wins against Southampton and Cardiff City when he pulled off some magnificent games at key moments in the game. After the 3-0 win over Cardiff, Wojciech said: "I have been working hard myself but the defence have helped me massively. It is smashing to play behind the same back four every week. You don't know how important that is"

December

Wojciech played in all seven of Arsenal's games in December, keeping clean sheets against Hull City, Chelsea and Newcastle as the Gunners finished the year at the summit of the Premier League. "We don't need people to take us seriously," he told Arsenal Player. "The longer they don't take us seriously I think it's better for us - we'll take advantage of that. "Every game is a big test for us because we showed everyone that we have the quality to be at the top of the Premier League. It is a test for us to show people that we are actually consistent and we can deal with the pressure and can perform every single week."

February

February was a mixed month for Wojciech. The Arsenal stopper began with a clean sheet against Crystal Palace before the Gunners shipped five in a disappointing display against Liverpool. The Pole then kept out Man United, with a stunning save to deny former Gunner Robin van Persie in the closing stages. Wojciech was replaced by Lukasz Fabianski for the FA Cup win over Liverpool before getting sent off in the Champions League game against Bayern Munich. Speaking after the 2-0 win against Palace, his 15th clean sheet of the season, Wojciech said: "We've been together for much longer and we understand each other's game now. Over the last couple of seasons we had less luck with injuries - I never played with the same back four for more than two or three games [in a row]. Now we play with the same back four, sometimes we rotate the full backs but in general we stay with the same defence."

March

Wojciech played in five of Arsenal's seven games in March. The Poland international made some important stops in the battling win over Tottenham and the 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City. Speaking after that game, Wojciech said: "We've still got a lot to play for. The FA Cup, we're in a decent position - not as good a position as we'd like - in the league but we've got it all to play for, so we'll be on our toes and at our very best to go on and win all the games. "You have seen this season that we can step up. We've been very unlucky with injuries. I think if you look at the players that have been out, it's probably five or six players who are guaranteed in the starting line-up. We've been really unlucky."

August

Wojciech kept a clean sheet in Arsenal's goalless draw against Sunderland on the opening day of the season but missed the Stoke game with a rib injury. “It’s a big privilege for me to wear that shirt [No 1] at such a big club," said Wojciech. "I just hope I can prove I am worthy of wearing it."

September

Wojciech featured once in September, starting in the victory against Southampton. He picked up an ankle injury after that game and did not play for the rest of the month.

October

Wojciech did not feature during October, as he continued to struggle with an ankle injury.

November

Wojciech returned from an ankle injury in the 5-2 north London derby win over Tottenham. The goalkeeper played the final four games of the month and was named man of the match after the 1-1 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.

December

Wojciech was an ever-present during December, playing in all of Arsenal’s seven games and being voted man of the match for his display in the 2-0 home defeat to Swansea. “I admit it has been a difficult few months,” he said ahead of the Champions League game against Olympiacos. “I found it hard to adjust playing with little injuries and knocks, especially in the last couple of months of last season. But I am pretty much sharper and fitter now, looking forward to getting back to my best and leaving those difficult times behind. I am feeling really sharp in every game, and the manager is sticking with me, which is really good, so I just want to get back to my best as quick as I can because I have not been at my best for the last few months.”

January

Wojciech was an ever-present in January, starting all of Arsenal’s eight games over the course of the month, and keeping a clean sheet in the FA Cup third-round replay win over Swansea City. Arsenal’s No 1 was named man of the match for his performance against Southampton on New Year’s Day.

February

Wojciech was an ever-present in February, keeping clean sheets against both Stoke City and Sunderland at the start of the month. His performance at the Stadium of Light, where he made a series of fine saves, saw him named man of the match. “He was great," Arsene Wenger said after the Sunderland win. "Maybe he suffered a bit from a lack of confidence as well. When you concede goals, it affects you. People forget he’s still a young goalkeeper and 22 years of age for a goalkeeper is very young."

March

Wojciech featured once in March, starting the north London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The goalkeeper was named on the bench for clashes with Swansea and Reading.

April

Wojciech featured three times in April, coming back into the team after Lukasz Fabianski was injured against Norwich. Arsenal’s No 1 kept a clean sheet on his return, against Fulham, and followed that up with a shut-out against Everton at Emirates Stadium.

May

Wojciech was an ever-present in May, keeping clean sheets against both Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United to help Arsenal secure a top-four finish. Arsenal's No 1 made a crucial late save to preserve victory at Loftus Road, acrobatically tipping Loic Remy's late curler around the post. "It might sound funny but I don't think it was that difficult a save," he told Arsenal Player. "A big one in the context of the fight for the top four but I'm not getting too excited."

August

Wojciech started in every one of Arsenal's five fixtures during the month, keeping clean sheets against both Newcastle and Udinese.

September

Wojciech continued to stamp his authority as Arsene Wenger's first-choice keeper with another month of fine displays. The Polish international started every league and European match over the course of the month.

January

Wojciech maintained his 100 per cent Premier League record for the season, playing in each of the team's three league fixtures. The Polish international also featured in the FA Cup win over Leeds, keeping a clean sheet. "I am confident we will get into the top four," he said. “We should be challenging for trophies every year and I believe the results will pick up and we will at least finish in the top four because we have the quality in the squad to succeed."

October

Wojciech enjoyed another eventful month between the posts for Arsenal, featuring five times overall. The Polish keeper helped the Gunners to victories against Sunderland, Stoke and Chelsea - as well as the crucial away victory in Marseille.

November

Wojciech was a mainstay once more, continuing his run as the only Arsenal man to start every Premier League fixture so far this season. Clean sheets against Marseille and West Brom helped Szczesny concede just three goals in his five appearances. “It's fantastic that we don't fear playing against anyone," he said. "We're very confident going into each game and feel like we have what it takes to get the three points."

December

Wojciech continued his ever-present run in the Arsenal first team, starting all six of the team's Premier League fixtures. The Pole kept three clean sheets in the process.

February

Wojciech was a virtual ever-present, featuring in all but one of Arsenal's matches. He started in each of Arsenal's three Premier League victories against Blackburn, Sunderland and Tottenham. “I said ages ago that we can't realistically win the Premier League anymore but now my main ambition is to finish above Tottenham,” he said. “You can see that we are not any worse than them and when we have the momentum and are on the front foot, we are very dangerous. I hope we can use that to our advantage.”

March

Wojciech was an ever present once more, starting in every one of Arsenal's six fixtures over March. He kept clean sheets against AC Milan, Everton and Aston Villa, contributing towards Arsenal's seven-match winning streak in the Premier League.

April

Wojciech played every game for the Gunners in April and kept clean sheets against Manchester City, Wolves and Chelsea. The Poland international drew particular praise for his sensational save to deny Kevin Doyle in the match against Wolves at Molineux. “I wouldn't like to say publicly what he [Szczesny] needs to do to improve, I'd rather tell him myself," said Arsene Wenger. "Overall he has the basic talent to be a top-class keeper, how far he goes will depend on how much he wants to improve.”

May

Wojciech secured his 100 per cent appearance record for the league season by completing Arsenal's final two matches. With that he became the only Gunner to start in every Premier League game this season.

August

Wojciech played the second half of Arsenal's final pre-season friendly, a 6-5 victory over Legia Warsaw.

September

Wojciech was an unused substitute for the Champions League game against Partizan Belgrade at the end of the month but didn’t appear for the first team in September.

October

Wojciech made only his second senior start in the 4-0 Carling Cup win against Newcastle on October 27 and after a understandably nervy start made a number of impressive saves on his way to keeping a clean sheet. With the Pole out of contract in the summer Arsene Wenger said he was looking to seal a new deal as soon as possible.

November

Wojciech made his second start of the season and made it two clean sheets out of two with a shut-out against Wigan in the Carling Cup. The young Pole looked confident throughout with a commanding performance as Arsenal booked their place in the Semi-Finals.

December

Wojciech was thrust into the spotlight at Old Trafford after Lukasz Fabianski suffered a hip injury, making his Premier League debut against Manchester United. He was not at fault for Park Ji-Sung's headed winner in the first half and showed his quality with fine stops from Anderson and Wayne Rooney after the break, while his handling was impeccable throughout.

January

Following injuries to Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia, Wojciech was Arsenal’s No 1 for most of January. The young stopper produced a number of superb displays including a wonderful save to deny Luciano Becchio when the Gunners trailed 1-0 against Leeds in their FA Cup Third-Round tie. He made seven appearances during January, kept three clean sheets and conceded just four goals.

February

In a month of highs and lows, Wojciech started six of Arsenal’s seven games as he continued as Arsène Wenger’s first-choice goalkeeper. The Pole will be fondly remember for his extravagant celebration after Andrey Arshavin scored the winner against Barcelona. Wojciech’s month ended in disappointment when he was involved in a mix-up with Laurent Koscielny that allowed Obafemi Martins to win the Carling Cup for Birmingham.

March

Wojciech lasted only 18 minutes of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Barcelona after suffering a finger injury as he saved a free kick from Dani Alves. He was expected to miss the next six weeks.

April

Wojciech returned from a finger injury against Liverpool and went straight back into Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up. The goalkeeper guessed correctly but couldn’t keep out Dirk Kuyt’s last-gasp penalty though he did save Kevin Davies’ spot kick in the 2-1 defeat to Bolton.

May

Wojciech was ever-present in May, making four appearances.

August


Wojciech made the step up to the first team for the 2009/10 season but is yet to feature for the Gunners.

September

Wojciech made was impressive on his Arsenal debut against West Brom, making a string of key saves in the Carling Cup tie. Manager Arsène Wenger was full of praise for the 19-year-old after the match, describing him as a "great, great prospect". The Frenchman added, "He has a presence, he has a charisma, he has a calmness, and you see straight away there is quality there."

October

Wojciech played twice for Poland Under-21s at the start of the month, keeping a clean sheet against Liechtenstein.

November

Wojciech made his full international debut in November, coming on as a second-half substitute in Poland's 1-0 friendly win over Canada. He then joined Brentford on a one-month loan deal starting on November 20 and played his first two games with the League One side.

December

Wojciech continued his good form with Brentford and extended his loan spell with the League One side for another month. "I'm really enjoying it here," he told Arsenal.com. "In the lower leagues there are 22 players coming out for a battle every week and you have to come out and fight and compete for every single ball and stay focused for 90 minutes.”

January

Wojciech's impressive loan spell at Brentford continued, earning him the praise of Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. "I really believe in him that he will one day be Arsenal's No 1," said the Frenchman. "He has all the qualities you want from a goalkeeper. That means a good basic confidence level, he is very brave, fantastic size, very agile and his speed in his reflexes is absolutely unbelievable." Wojciech extended his loan with Andy Scott's side until the end of the season.

February

Wojciech extended his loan spell with Brentford until the end of the season and started all three of their February fixtures. He helped the Bees to four points this month, including keeping a clean sheet against Gillingham.

March

Wojciech continued to earn plaudits for his performances on loan at Brentford. By the end of the month the Polish keeper had made 18 appearances for the League One side.

April

Wojciech continued his impressive form for loan club Brentford during April, earning the praise of both Bees manager Andy Scott and Gunners boss Arsène Wenger. "I believe one day he will be the No 1 at Arsenal certainly," said the Frenchman. "But we will see next season. It is down to his performances."

May

Wojciech concluded his impressive loan spell at Brentford with a clean sheet in a goalless draw against Hartlepool. He made a total of 27 appearances for the Bees. Brentford manager Andy Scott has often praised Wojciech's ability and was particularly impressed after Szczesny helped the League One side to a goalless draw at Bristol Rovers. "Wojciech made an absolutely remarkable save and he passes it off like a run-of-the-mill save, so we just let him get on with it," said Scott.