By Rob Kelly

Wojciech Szczesny believes staging Euro 2012 will provide a major challenge for Poland as a nation.

This summer’s tournament - which is being co-hosted with Ukraine - is the first major international event ever to be held in the country.

Szczesny is looking forward to playing in front of his home fans, but accepts that the tournament is a huge undertaking for Poland.

“It means a lot. We have never hosted a big event like this,” he told Arsenal Player. “The biggest pressure is on the team to perform well, but for the whole country it is a good test.

“Can we manage it, can we have a good tournament and organise it well? It is a difficult task, but I will just focus on doing my job as well as I can and hopefully we can get the results that the fans want.

“I am very excited, not only because it is my first international tournament, but because it is in my country. We play the opening game [against Greece] five minutes away from my place so a lot of my friends will be there. It will be a big moment for me.”

Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player.

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8 Jun 2012