By Rob Kelly
Wojciech Szczesny believes his experiences at Euro 2012 this summer have made him more mature.
The 22-year-old was sent off in the opening match of the tournament as Poland drew with Greece, and did not win his place back before the co-hosts were eliminated.
The Arsenal goalkeeper admits it was a difficult situation, but insists there were still some positives for him.
“It was obviously quite tough getting sent off in the first game and then being left out for the third match, but the experience of being there was different, something I have never had before,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player.
“Every time I play for the national team and hear the national anthem it is probably the best feeling a player can experience. But then the buzz [at Euro 2012] was unbelievable and if anything we wanted it too much.
“We were up for [the opening game], we had been preparing for four years and for me it all finished quite quickly. But to experience it will make not only myself, but the whole team, stronger.”
Despite his disappointment at only playing 69 minutes of the tournament, Szczesny gained a lot from being involved in the Poland squad.
“Obviously the sending off is [part of] a learning curve for me and hopefully that will never happen again,” he said. “But it has made me more mature.
“Before the game I had never felt better in my life. Physically I was really fit and mentally strong and it just shows you that you never know what is around the corner. In that way it made me more mature.”
Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player now.Copyright 2013 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 6 Aug 2012