Wojciech Szczesny admits this is a “big” season for him as he seeks to cement his position as Arsenal’s No 1.

The Poland international was left out of the team for a short spell towards the end of the last campaign, with Lukasz Fabianski replacing him in goal.

I want to win a trophy for this club because that is what is missing in my career and I'm sure it is what the fans have been missing

Wojciech Szczesny

The 23-year-old eventually won his place back and delivered a series of accomplished displays, and his excellent form has continued this term.

“Obviously I had mixed feelings about my form last season, I had my ups and downs,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player.

“It wasn't nice [to be left out] - you want to be playing every week. But then again, the most important thing is the team and that is what the team needed.

“Lukasz was in better shape at that moment in time, he came in and did really well. I worked really hard to get back into the team and when I did I thought I did pretty well. It was good decision by the manager.

“I worked on my fitness and sharpness and came in much earlier every day to work in the gym with the fitness coaches and the physios. There was a lot of stuff to be done - I realised I wasn't in the best shape, but it all worked out pretty well.

“Hopefully I can be the Club's No 1 this season. It is important, I want to win a trophy for this club because that is what is missing in my career and I'm sure it is what the fans have been missing. It’s a big season.”

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 9 Sep 2013