By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny admits he received some friendly jibes from his friends at Borussia Dortmund earlier this season - but the banter has stopped now.
The Arsenal goalkeeper will come face to face with three international team-mates on Wednesday when Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski and Lukasz Piszczek line up for the German champions at Emirates Stadium.
Szczesny has not heard from his compatriots in the build up to their vital Group F encounter but he had to field plenty of comments before September's 1-1 draw in Dortmund.
"They haven't been giving much stick recently because we have picked up some good form," revealed Szczesny. "They haven't given me the stick they gave before the first game.
"They were taking the mickey out of some of the results we had at the beginning of the season. But it's all friendly. I am confident we can beat them on Wednesday so my banter will be better than theirs after the game."
Szczesny almost had the last laugh in Germany as Arsenal took a first-half lead through Robin van Persie and held onto it until the dying seconds when Ivan Perisic sent a dipping volley into the top corner.
"If a goal like that goes in, you just have to accept it," said the Arsenal keeper.
"I thought we defended very well in that game and the only way they could score was by putting it in the top corner from 20 yards out. But hopefully we can keep a clean sheet on Wednesday and qualify for the knockout stage."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source