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Wojciech Szczesny

Long-serving goalkeeper Wojciech will spend this season in Italy’s Serie A on loan to Roma.

His most recent appearance for the Gunners was a clean sheet in the FA Cup final at Wembley at the end of 2014/15. The Pole also began the season – his 10th at the club after signing as a scholar – with a clean sheet at Wembley, playing 90 minutes as Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield.

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

A seasoned international with Poland, he earned his first senior cap in 2009 – the same year in which he made his Gunners bow. In the second-half of the 2009/10 season he spent a highly productive loan spell with League One side Brentford.

The joint winner of the 2014/15 Premier League Golden Gloves award (with Petr Cech), he had spent three years in the Gunners youth setup prior to making his debut, after joining from hometown club Legia Warsaw, where he represented the first team aged just 15.

Wojciech Szczesny's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009-2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010-2011 15 0 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 24 0
2011-2012 38 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 48 0
2012-2013 25 0 3 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 33 0
2013-2014 37 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 0
2014-2015 17 0 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 29 0
Total 132 0 29 0 12 0 7 0 1 0 181 0

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10

July

Wojciech played the second half of Arsenal’s 4-0 win against a Singapore Select XI. Speaking ahead of the Emirates Cup, Arsene Wenger said: “He could go on loan to Roma but I believe he will have a future at Arsenal because I personally rate him highly. I put him in the first team at the age of 20 and he already has huge experience.”

August

Wojciech was ever-present for Arsenal in August, keeping clean sheets in both Champions League play-off legs against Besiktas to help the club reach the group stage of the competition for the 17th successive season. "I don't think there's pressure at the moment," said the Pole. "We took a lot of that pressure off by winning the FA Cup at the end of last season and had a very good game in the Community Shield against Man City. With the experience we've got and the players that have joined our team, we're looking stronger so we can put up more of a fight this year."

October

Wojciech started October with a disappointment when he was sent off in Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Galatasaray. The goalkeeper bounced back with solid performances in Arsenal’s three Premier League games, including a clean sheet against Sunderland. “We’ve not kept a clean sheet for a long time so it was good to get one,” he said after the Sunderland win. “Hopefully we can keep a few in the coming games because we have conceded a few too many goals."

December

Wojciech played five of Arsenal’s seven games in December after missing the Stoke and Southampton games through injury. Speaking at the end of the month, the goalkeeper said: “I like to read the game, I’m much more comfortable commanding my area and coming for crosses, so in general I do feel that my game is improving and I just try to work every day to make sure it gets better and better.”

January

Wojciech played twice in January, playing the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton and the 3-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

March

Wojciech continued his run as Arsenal’s FA Cup goalkeeper, helping Arsenal secure a famous 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals.

May

Wojciech made one appearance in May, starting the FA Cup final against Aston Villa and keeping a clean sheet to help Arsenal win the competition for a record 12th time. Speaking after the final, the Poland goalkeeper said: “People love to speculate and people love to gossip a bit but I love this club and I don't want to ever leave it.”

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.

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."

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."

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."

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."

May

Wojciech made just one appearance in May which came in the 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion in the final home game of the season. The Poland keeper shared the Golden Glove award with Chelsea stopper Petr Cech after the pair kept 16 clean sheets during the season. "Of course [there's a sense of what might have been]," Szczesny said after the West Brom game. "I believe that we should be in a position to challenge to win the Premier League and maybe Sunday would have been a completely different atmosphere if we had kept going the way we were at some point. "I never considered fourth place before the start of the season as a successful season and a good position. I play for Arsenal Football Club because I want to win the title every year."

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."

October

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

October

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

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.

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.

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.