By Giuseppe Muro
Wojciech Szczesny wants to be Arsenal’s No 1 goalkeeper for the next 15 years.
The 20-year-old began last season as Arsène Wenger’s third or even fourth-choice keeper but is in pole position to start between the posts when Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle on August 13.
Though he knows there will be stiff competition from the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Szczesny believes he has an opportunity to establish himself for many years to come.
“I realise there is a big chance in front of me and I might not give this No 1 shirt away to anyone else for the next ten to 15 years,” he told Arsenal Player in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
“I realise there is a big chance ahead of me and I want to grab it with both hands.
“It is my first full season in the first team so I have never been as excited as this. This year will be something new for me if I am lucky enough to start the season as Arsenal's No 1.
“I'm very excited and very determined as well. If last season helped me, it helped me because I want so much more. I don't want to have the feeling I had at the end of last season. So I am very excited.”
The full interview with Wojciech is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses: his aspirations for the new season, his hunger for success, transfer speculation, establishing himself as Arsenal’s No 1 and what he thinks of suggestions that he is too young to be the Club's first-choice goalkeeper.Copyright 2013 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 13 Jul 2011