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Szczesny - What I miss about 'special' Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny may have gone on to establish himself as Juventus' No 1, but he will always miss his "special" time in north London.

Speaking on the In Lockdown podcast, the Poland international goalkeeper opened up about his time at the club and said he will always have some regrets.

"More than anything, I miss the boys," Szczesny said. "We had a fantastic group of players. We were young, we had a lot of energy, we had a lot of banter and we had some good and bad moments together, but we really united as a group. It was a great joy to be with them every day. 

"I miss them. I miss playing at the Emirates. I think that was something special for me, the quality of the pitch, the fans, the big nights in a north London derby. 

"The emotions were quite different because whatever you do in your career, and some of us have gone on to make great things and have made a great career whereas some have maybe made a step back, there's nothing like playing for the club that you love. The emotion of that is something special. 

"That's why I was always jealous and why my dream was always to follow the Gerrards and the Scholes, the Tottis of this world. I think it's just beautiful that you can play your whole career for one club and just appreciate that emotion of going out to the pitch and having that extra little bit. Your heart rate is a little bit higher because you know it means that little bit more to you than to the others. That was just really beautiful. 

"You go on and make a big career. You do your best, you're professional, but that's always missing and always will be. That's fine I think. The pain of not being able to live that emotion again is also something that can push me through it and really make the best career that I can for myself."

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