By Chris Harris

Honesty is Arsène Wenger's policy when it comes to Wojciech Szczesny - and the Polish keeper responds to it well.

The 21-year-old was at his brilliant best at Anfield on Saturday, saving a penalty from Dirk Kuyt and pulling off a string of fine stops before Robin van Persie's goals secured a dramatic 2-1 win.

Szczesny revealed afterwards that Wenger had played a part in his man of the match display, offering advice on facing spot-kicks while gently ribbing the keeper on his failure to save the last three penalties he'd faced.

"I always give him my honest opinion of his performance," said Wenger ahead of the Milan game.

"He takes it very well because I have always been honest with him, even as a young goalkeeper at 16 or 17. That will always remain.

"He was outstanding at Liverpool and I am the first to say that when he deserves it. For me, he is an outstanding talent with an outstanding future. But talent without effort is nothing. he knows that and I have to make sure he knows that."

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