By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has offered Wojciech Szczesny a new deal at Arsenal and believes he has what it takes to become a success at the Club.

The Polish keeper saw his standing rise massively in midweek with an outstanding performance at Newcastle in the Carling Cup. However the 20-year-old is out of contract in the summer so Wenger is looking to seal a new deal as soon as possible.

“An offer has been made,” said the manager at Friday’s press conference. “We are negotiating with him and try to extend his contract. He wants to stay, I want him to stay, so basically [a] plus plus [a] plus should be [a] plus!”

The Arsenal goalkeeping department has been under scrutiny all season but, in recent games, both Lukasz Fabianski and Szczesny have put in impressive displays. Wenger admits the latter needs games but he plays in a position that can be hard to accommodate.

“I want to play him but our job is about competition,” said the manager.

“However he has the qualities to fight for the position and that is what I wish.

“Everybody advised me to buy goalkeepers and suddenly you ask me the reverse question that I have too many good goalkeepers!

“However Wojciech is a very talented young one. We brought him in and he made the effort to come to the Club at the age of 16.

“He wants to be successful here and I want him to be successful here, so normally it should work out.”

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29 Oct 2010