By Nick Teale
Wojciech Szczesny wants to fight to be Arsenal's No 1 rather than spending another season on loan.
The Polish keeper enjoyed a fruitful six months with Brentford last term, earning himself a standing ovation from the Griffin Park faithful on the final day of the campaign.
The 20-year-old believes his performances have shown he is ready for a chance in the Arsenal first-team.
Arsène Wenger has already stated that the Gunners do not currently have a No 1 keeper and the manager said on Saturday that everyone has a chance "to show how good he is".
Szczesny wants to do just that and is not willing to give up his chance in favour of another loan move at the start of this season.
"I want to fight for my place, whatever that means," he told Arsenal.com after featuring against Barnet.
"I don't want to give up my place at Arsenal to go on loan. I went on loan last year, I have proved that I can do a job for Arsenal and now I want to see if I can really do it.
"If I get a chance to prove myself as an Arsenal No 1 then I will take my chances but I just want to get as many chances as I can and show everyone what I am made of.
"I think everybody has got the same target for the pre-season and that is get your place in the team and that is exactly what I am doing."
Szczesny made his Polish international debut last year and admits that if first-team football doesn't come to fruition at Arsenal, he may reconsider his position later in the season.
"If I don't have a chance to get regular football at Arsenal then I will have a chat with the boss and maybe they will put me on loan," he said. "But at the moment I am only focused on Arsenal."