Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new long-term contract with the Club.

Having joined Arsenal as a scholar in the summer of 2006, the Polish youngster made his debut in the 2-0 Carling Cup Third Round win over West Bromwich Albion in 2009 and has impressed with his performances.

The 20-year old, 6ft 5in stopper gained valuable first-team experience last season when he spent a highly successful loan spell at League One side Brentford, making 28 appearances for the Bees and keeping an impressive ten clean sheets during several man-of-the-match performances.

Wojciech got another taste of first-team action for Arsenal in this year's Carling Cup, when he made a string of fines saves during an eye-catching performance in the Club's 4-0 victory at Newcastle United. The Pole has also been a regular fixture on the Arsenal bench this season during Manuel Almunia's enforced absence through injury.

The son of former Polish international goalkeeper Maciej Szczesny, Wojciech followed in his father's footsteps when he made his senior international debut for Poland in a 1-0 friendly win over Canada in November 2009. He is also a regular for the Polish Under-21 side for whom he has six international caps.

Arsène Wenger said: "We are delighted to secure the long-term future of Wojciech, who we regard as a very important part of our Club's future. We have all seen his huge potential, both in training and in the matches that he has played for us, so we look forward to seeing him develop further in the coming years."

Wojciech Szczesny added: "It's a great feeling to sign a new contract with Arsenal and I'm so pleased. The negotiations happened very quickly and it was easy. I'm now looking forward to continuing the hard work on the training pitch and doing my best whenever I have the opportunity to play in the Arsenal first-team.

"I would just like to thank everyone that has helped me get this far, especially Liam Brady, Roy Massey and all his staff at the Hale End Academy. Also Neil Banfield, Steve Bould, all the backroom staff, Arsène Wenger, everyone at Brentford that helped me kick-on last season and all my team-mates here at Arsenal and, of course, my family."

Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is looking forward to Wojciech's continued contribution in the forthcoming years.

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11 Nov 2010