By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny may only be 20 but, according to Johan Djourou, he plays with the confidence of a veteran.
The Polish goalkeeper has been one of the success stories of Arsenal's season. Drafted into the first team in December for his Premier League debut at Old Trafford - of all places - Szczesny performed with maturity and assurance.
Injuries to Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia gave the youngster an extended run in the side and he has taken his chance with aplomb. Szczesny is set to take another step up against Barcelona in the Champions League and Djourou has no doubt that the Pole can perform at the highest level.
"I think he can look after himself," said the Swiss defender. "He has all the abilities and knows what he has to do. We do not have to [look out] for him.
"I have to say he is a great guy and a great goalkeeper. He has a lot of confidence and for a guy of his age to have that is quite impressive. He is very young but it looks as thought he has been in the game ages to me. It is great to have him behind you."
Szczesny may be one of the youngest members of Arsène Wenger's first team but, as Djourou attests, he is no shrinking violet.
"He shouts, he is very loud," said the centre back. "He has presence. He is quite big and is good for defenders. He is not scared about anything. He is a great guy - very confident. If he sees some things, he will tell you.
"I think when you have a keeper behind you who gives you more confidence who is vocal, and comes out for crosses, it is great."Copyright 2014 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 15 Feb 2011