Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed how being an early bird at training helped him win back his place as the Gunners No.1.
Szczesny suffered a dip in form last season and manager Arsene Wenger handed Lukasz Fabianksi the role of custodian.
But Szczesny knuckled down and worked tirelessly at his game to reclaim the position – and no doubt would have been setting his alarm clock to make sure he arrived at training with plenty of time to carry out his new regime.
His saves have helped Arsenal enjoy a decent starts to their campaign and they sit top of the Premier League and face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the top flight on Saturday.
He said: “I raised my standards when Lukasz got his chance his goal. When you start to realise that your position is not safe at all, you give it that little bit more – 110 per cent rather than 100 per cent maybe.
“I changed my training schedule a little bit, came in earlier, things like that. It paid off. I got back in the team and have been doing much better ever since.”
And Polish keeper Szczesny insists the arrival of Italian Emiliano Viviano at the Emirates on loan from Palermo means there is stiff competition between the sticks.
He added: “I’ve just been trying to keep that training schedule going, and obviously with Lukasz and Emiliano fighting for that place too, the competition is really tough now.
“It keeps me on my toes and hopefully that will ensure that I am at my very best for the whole season.”