By Chris Harris
Wojciech Szczesny has identified the ingredients that can give Arsenal the recipe for success this season.
The goalkeeper helped Arsène Wenger's team recover from a poor start to claim third place last term and he has seen enough evidence this summer to suggest that trophies are now within reach.
Szczesny is one of many youngsters who have an extra year's experience under their belts and he feels the arrival of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud - plus the influence of Steve Bould - will take Arsenal to another level.
“This club always has the same aims and that’s winning trophies," said Szczesny. "We obviously haven’t done it in the last few years and that’s disappointing for the players and the fans but I believe we will be that little bit stronger than we were last year.
"We have a couple of quality signings already. And we’re confident we can fight for the trophies more than we did last year.
“I think the players who were lacking experience last year now have that experience. We have a couple of signings, more players who can score goals. And Podolski’s goal record speaks for itself.
"We’re strong offensively and and [assistant manager] Steve Bould has been doing some fantastic work with the defence. That seems to be working very well. It all makes me believe we’ll be that little bit stronger."
Szczesny worked with Bould while he learned his trade in the Arsenal academy and he remains a big admirer of the man who won three league titles during a glittering playing career.
“We’ve done a lot of [defensive] shape work in training, work on when we lose the ball and a lot of defending on crosses," explained Szczesny.
“It’s all very sharp as well. Steve likes to shout at players and keep them on their toes - so it’s looking positive.
“I don’t think we can concede more goals than we did last year," added Szczesny. “I was the one in goal, I was the one who conceded all those goals, and I’m just disappointed because it shows our defending was a big problem for us last season.
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