By Joe Brewin

Wojciech Szczesny says Arsène Wenger’s pre-match words of wisdom helped him save Dirk Kuyt’s penalty in Saturday’s victory over Liverpool.

Szczesny’s goalkeeping heroics proved integral to Arsenal’s late win at Anfield, the Pole making a string of important first-half stops to keep the hosts at bay.

Robin van Persie may have grabbed the headlines in injury time, but Szczesny believes his manager’s advice played its part.

“The last three penalties, I went the right way but did not save one,” said the goalkeeper. “So he gave me some advice. He told me not to move my feet too early and go as late as I can. And it worked.

“It is hard to take stick for not saving a penalty because you are not supposed to save a penalty. He put a little pressure on me but it worked so I can’t say anything.

“It is just sheer desire to get up and make the second save. A penalty save does not mean anything if they score from the rebound. You just have to do your best to get up and make that second save.

“I think he scuffed the finish, which made it a bit easier. But it was an enjoyable moment.”

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5 Mar 2012