Thomas Vermaelen believes Wojciech Szczesny is “getting better and better” after he reached 100 appearances for the Club.

The Polish goalkeeper has been in outstanding form this season and has kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League as Arsenal have set the pace.

Wojciech has looked very solid and made very few errors, while coming up with some important saves at times when he has otherwise had little to do

Thomas Vermaelen

The 23-year-old is unlikely to feature against Coventry City in the FA Cup on Friday night, but Vermaelen remains full of praise for his team-mate.

“As somebody who has played in front of him for many of those [100 appearances], I am in a good position to say that his development has been excellent,” the captain said in the official matchday programme.

“He had a short period out of the team last season, but came back really strongly and is playing very well. We aren’t conceding many goals, and that always gives a keeper plenty of confidence. Clean sheets are so important to them, and you can tell how much it means to them after a game when they have kept one.

“We are fortunate to have Lukasz Fabianski, who is an outstanding professional, pushing Wojciech so hard – which makes his appearance record even more impressive.

“This season, Wojciech has looked very solid and made very few errors, while coming up with some important saves at times when he has otherwise had little to do. His stop from Steve Sidwell against Fulham was a good example. He is getting better and better.”

Matchday programme

Read more from Thomas in the official matchday programme

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