Szczesny targets silverware for Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny has declared his ambition to win silverware with Arsenal this season after admitting he struggled with his form in the last campaign.

Gunners keeper Szczesny has looked sharper and more focused so far this season although he was criticised for some aspects of his game in the opening day loss to Aston Villa.

The Poland star, 23, was dropped in favour of Lukasz Fabianski during a period of last season but he knuckled down and won his place back.

Now he is gunning for trophies for Arsene Wenger’s outfit – and he has reflected on his time on the sidelines.

He said: “Obviously I had mixed feelings about my form last season, I had my ups and downs. It wasn’t nice to be left out –  you want to be playing every week. But then again, the most important thing is the team and that is what the team needed.

“Lukasz was in better shape at that moment in time, he came in and did really well. I worked really hard to get back into the team and when I did I thought I did pretty well. It was good decision by the manager.

“I worked on my fitness and sharpness and came in much earlier every day to work in the gym with the fitness coaches and the physios. There was a lot of stuff to be done – I realised I wasn’t in the best shape, but it all worked out pretty well.”

And Szczesny is determined to maintain his position as the club’s first choice stopper.

He added: “Hopefully I can be the club’s No 1 this season. It is important, I want to win a trophy for this club because that is what is missing in my career and I’m sure it is what the fans have been missing. It’s a big season.”