The fact Wojciech Szczesny played every minute of Arsenal's league season tells its own story.

At just 22 years of age, the academy graduate has made the No 1 shirt his own. Wojciech believes Lukasz Fabianski to be the "best No 2 in the country" - but even his international team-mate could do little to oust the young goalkeeper.

“He has improved in his focus, the consistency of it,” said manager Arsène Wenger. “The talent was always there but he is maturing quickly. You can't be completely on the inside or completely on the outside. I like that he is a good communicator. You have to adjust, it’s important to find a balance."

It is no surprise that confidence is one of Wojciech's biggest commodities. You would be hard pushed to find a more self-assured character than the young Pole and his dominant displays this season have shown that.

There have been plenty of highlights, most notably a stunning save to deny Sunderland's Lee Cattermole at Emirates Stadium and, of course, his incredible display in the win at Anfield. He also produced a superb one-handed stop to deny Wolves striker Kevin Doyle in the Gunners' 3-0 win at Molineux in April.

Goalkeepers you can trust are a rare breed - but Arsenal have reaped the rewards for having faith in their prized prodigy. At just 22 years old, the sky is the limit for Wojciech Szczesny.

"It's always satisfying to hear people praising you. But I'm at the beginning of my career with a long way to go. I'm looking forward to playing for this Club for a long, long time. At this age, it's very important for a player to play regularly and I'm very happy that I was given the chance. I'm just trying to do my best for the Club.”

Competition Appearances Goals
Premier League 38 -
Champions League 9 -
FA Cup 1 -
Carling Cup - -
Total 48 -

Wojciech's inspired form at the beginning of the season earned him a huge share of the plaudits - but his sensational display at Anfield topped the lot. The Pole almost singlehandedly kept Liverpool at bay in the first half, saving Dirk Kuyt's penalty before recovering to push away the Dutchman's follow-up. A match-winning performance.

Wojciech Szczesny saves the penalty at Anfield

Wojciech saves Dirk Kuyt's spot kick

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20 Jun 2012