Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new long term-contract with Arsenal Football Club. 

Now in his third full term as Arsenal goalkeeper, the Polish international stopper has developed into an assured presence in the Arsenal backline.

Having finished last term strongly, with four clean sheets in the final six games of the campaign, Szczesny has gone on to play a key part in the Club’s strong start to the 2013/14 season. Most recently, keeping two consecutive clean Premier League sheets in strong performances against Crystal Palace and Liverpool, and also putting in an eye-catching performance for Poland against England in last month’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Szczesny, 23,  joined the Arsenal Academy in 2006 from hometown club Legia Warsaw, who he had already represented at first team level as a 15-year-old. Since making his Arsenal debut in a League Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion in 2009, Szczesny has already featured 121 times for the Gunners.

Arsène Wenger said: “We’re very pleased Wojciech has signed a new long-term contract. I have always believed he is an extremely talented player, with excellent reflexes and good mental strength. He continues to grow and improve all the time too, so he has the potential to be even better. He can be an important part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come.”

Szczesny said: “I am very pleased to have signed a new contract. Arsenal is like my family and I’m so happy to be committing my long-term future here. I’ve been at this Club for over seven years now and I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support towards me during my time here.

"Many people have given me amazing support since I arrived as a boy, people like Tony Roberts, who helped my development as a player from a young age. I’m so proud to be an Arsenal player and am looking forward to helping our Club towards success in the years to come.”

Everyone at the Club is looking forward to Wojciech’s continued contribution in the years to come.

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