Wojciech Szczesny says he always tries to help any youngster who breaks into the Arsenal first team - because he made the same journey himself.

The Poland international made his debut for Arsenal in 2009 as a 19-year-old and has gone on to establish himself at club and international level.

I always try to welcome them into the first team, give them advice and keep their feet on the ground, which is very important

Wojciech Szczesny

With the likes of Serge Gnabry, Isaac Hayden and Chuba Akpom all coming through this season, Szczesny is there to offer a helping hand.

“I feel that when young players come into the first team they can look up to me because I have gone through their journey,” he told Arsenal.com.

“I have come through the youth team, played in the reserves and had loan spells. I always try to welcome them into the first team, give them advice and keep their feet on the ground, which is very important.

“I remember my very first day at the Club like it was yesterday and it is now my eighth season here so time does go very quickly.

“I remember my debut for Arsenal, it went very quickly and I am very proud to have played over 100 games for the Club now. I am sure the next 100, the 100 after and the few hundred after that will go by very quickly as well.”

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 12 Nov 2013