By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny rates his performance for Poland against Germany last month as his best ever.
The Arsenal goalkeeper has established himself as his club's No 1 this season and is challenging Artur Boruc and clubmate Lukasz Fabianski for the same spot in his national side.
Szczesny boosted his chances of starting co-hosts Poland's first Euro 2012 game next summer with a string of fine saves in a 2-2 draw against one of the tournament favourites last month. And the 20-year-old's efforts drew praise from Germany goalkeeping great Oliver Kahn - much to Szczesny's delight.
"To date it was probably the best performance in my career," he told Arsenal.com.
"It was a good result for us as well - we almost managed to get a win - but conceded a last-second goal. I wasn't really happy after the game because we obviously didn't win the game but I watched it a couple of times after and I must admit I had a good game.
"Somebody told me straight after the game that they had watched the German television and he [Kahn] had praised me. It makes you feel good.
"I obviously don't feel as though I have made it in football and to hear that from somebody with so much authority and legendary status in goalkeeping makes you feel really good. It makes you motivated to keep working hard in training and give you the best possible career in football."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 7 Oct 2011