By Giuseppe Muro
Wojciech Szczesny will have a special supporter at Wembley on Sunday - his dad, and idol, Maciej.
Maciej, a former Poland international goalkeeper, won seven caps during a career that spanned 19 years until he retired in 2002. He remains the only player to have won the Polish championship with four different clubs.
And having his role model, and a few more members of the Szczesny clan, watching on will only give the Arsenal stopper greater incentive to win his first piece of silverware for the Club.
“I’ve always looked at my dad as a role model because he was always able to give me advice,” said the 20-year-old.
“He will be there [on Sunday], I have a few members of my family coming. My brother, my grandad will be leaving Poland for the first time in his life so that will be a big occasion for him.
“I’m very pleased that he will be watching me, he has watched me a few times for the national team and he is a big fan of mine so I am very pleased. I’m just very happy when my family comes over to watch me, whoever that is.”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 24 Feb 2011