Wojciech Szczesny has welcomed the introduction of goal-line technology and believes it is a big step forward for the English game.

The Premier League will host the first matches in England using the Hawkeye goal decision system this weekend.

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 Szczesny was at the launch of the system at Emirates Stadium last week and was impressed with what he saw.

“I am a big fan of it, I am a big fan of any technology coming into football as long as it doesn't slow the game down,” the goalkeeper told Arsenal Player.

“I tried it out and it is a rapid technology - the watch actually starts vibrating a split second after the ball crosses the line.

“The effect it will have is that every goal that goes over the line will be counted, and every time you make a good clearance off the line [the opposition] will not feel they have been cheated.

“I have never been a part of a controversial decision on whether the ball has crossed the line but I have seen stuff at the World Cup like in the England v Germany game.

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“It must be very upsetting when you score a goal and it doesn't count but as a goalkeeper it won't make a big difference because you are just trying to catch everything that comes your way - whether you have video technology or not.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 16 Aug 2013