By Giuseppe Muro

Wojciech Szczesny can add the name of Jens Lehmann to the long list of people backing him to shine as Arsenal’s No 1.

After starting the season as a third-choice keeper, the confident young Pole has been thrust into the spotlight due to injuries to both Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia. Since making his Premier League debut at Old Trafford in December, Szczesny has produced performances that defy his tender years and Lehmann, for one, is impressed.

The German stopper was still at the Club when a fresh-faced Szczesny joined in 2007 to see first-hand the talent he possesses. Lehmann believes the 20-year-old has the ability to become one of the best.

“He has got everything he needs apart from the experience and the maturity, so he needs to work hard,” said Lehmann. “He is very talented.

Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since Lehmann performed heroics in the 2005 FA Cup Final but he thinks that Wenger’s new generation are on the verge of ending that lack of silverware.

“I think now they are coming to the end of this transition period that started after we won our last Cup. It was always obvious that Arsène wanted to change the team, and he had to,” he said.

“The boys have matured now, so I hope that they are going to win the title.”

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4 Feb 2011