By Chris Harris

Wojciech Szczesny's honesty is misinterpreted as over-confidence, according to Arsène Wenger.

The manager handed the Pole his Premier League debut at Manchester United last December and since then he has established himself as Arsenal's No 1.

Szczesny's reflexes and his command of his penalty area have caught the eye but the way he carries himself has also filled column inches.

The 21-year-old told a press conference on Tuesday that he has always been self-assured but Wenger was quick to point out that Szczesny's approach is a positive.

"It's not confidence, it's honesty," he said. "There is a difference. He questions his performances like everyone else, he just tries to be honest about what it is.

"I like it that when you start at 20 a career you want to be honest. When you are honest you can sometimes look a bit cocky. But he is not, he is just honest.

"Further in their career, the players learn to become more politically correct and they finish at 35, where you can predict exactly the interview you will get. So, he is just honest."

"Wojciech is a quiet boy usually, you know. But he has something that is difficult to explain. Some keepers have that, some do not. That's what you call presence, charisma, confidence. It must be a mixture of all that.

"He is focused every day, you never think he is a comedian when you watch him practice. But you have to be careful as well because people want a quick image of you and it's sometimes a superficial one.

"He is a deep thinker, you do not play at this level and make the decisions he makes if you do not think about the game."

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22 Nov 2011