Just how good is Wojciech Szczesny?

by Gary Taylor

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Arsenal’s new Number One is making quite a name for himself in the opening weeks of the season.

He made a string of fine saves in the cauldron of Udine, including a Seaman-esque penalty stop, to effectively win Arsenal £25m and guarantee their participation in this year’s Champions League.

The giant Pole then made a ‘worldy’ to deny Swansea’s Danny Graham at the Emirates and help his team to a morale-boosting 1-0 victory.

All in all, I would easily say he has been the stand-out man between this sticks so far this season.

Ok, this may seem like a crazy statement after conceding eight in the game Arsenal fans are forbidden to mention.

But of those eight strikes, the 6ft 5in stopper could do little to prevent any of them and I would certainly not be pointing the finger of blame at him.

The courage and belief he has for a 21-year-old is remarkable and when you look at the current situation at Old Trafford when it comes to goalkeepers, Arsenal are far better off.

He commands his area with great authority, has cat-like reflexes for someone so big, he is comfortable coming for crosses and he is a cracking shot-stopper.

What more could you want from a goalkeeper?

I would go so far as to say he could be one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation if he can stay free from injury and get some decent defenders in front of him.

He has such a presence between the sticks that it is reminiscent of Arsenal greatest ever keeper David Seaman, one of England’s and the Premier League’s greats alongside Peter Schmeichel.

Another major benefit Seaman and Schmeichel had was a rock solid defence in front of them which is something Szczesny does not have the luxury of.

But when he performs the way that he does in front of such a mediocre back-four, it makes his achievements all that more impressive.

Arsenal have found their keeper for the next 10 years, now to sort the rest of the team out.

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  • hassan u ibraheem

    wojciech szcz.is really a great goal keeper,,,, is ofcourse d best in English leaguea so far 2 me

  • gunnerbill

    super keeper yes, could have made an effort with the Dortmund strike ,think he thought it was going over,sometimes hes a little over confident .but defo gonna be the best in the league for many years ,but not the finished product yet by a long way.

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  • http://Www.dexysdem.co.uk Joe d gunner

    Definitely my NO.1. I feel so confident seeing him between the sticks… He is so confident and not afraid 2 shout at d misfiring defence. A true gunner like wilshere.

  • paul

    the boy is class and has saved us wasting 20 m +. That money should and hopefully will be spent in Jan on another striker or centre back.

    He has charisma, he organizes the back four and you fee safe when the ball is passed back, unike Flapiniski & Almunia

    A legend in the making? To soon but say, but def an Arsenal number 1 for many years to come

  • Mike

    Yep, I like him. Good solid keeper, and such amazing self-belief for someone so young as him. Especially with that defense in front of him.

    I’m gonna stick my neck out and say that from the Man Utd defeat, Arsenal will conceed the least amount of goals in the PL

  • Teflon

    Best keeper in the league, and certainly Arsenals best since Seaman. Simpily brilliant and learns from mistakes, very confident and always saying positive things to the press about the whole team! Arsenals next captain for me!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Mystical Mike

    Very good call Teflon, arsenal captain material, defo!

  • frank

    That is why fans need to be patience last season most of you guys
    were crying for a new keeper now he is your hero cry babies.

  • Weedz

    Still too young to be considered for captaincy IMO. Maybe in 2 or 3 seasons. Give him time to learn his art properly before laying the responsibility of captaincy on his broad shoulders. I agree he does show leadership qualities, but please, further down the track. Our club has suffered in the last 6 to 8 seasons because of poor captaincy appointments

  • jonno

    gunnerbill no keeper in the world including superman would have moved for that shot in the dortmund game , not every shot is saveable, it was so sweetley struck on the volley and arrowed into the top corner, unstoppable. if your going to critisise a player pick a part of a game where it is atleast called for ( the last corner in the swansea game is such a moment you could have picked for our quality young keeper, and would of atleast left you with some credit )

  • truf

    AMEN BROTHA!!!!! wolfzesigh szchenei is the man!!!!!!!

  • Dexylongshot

    The save was class, he is young but if your old enough, your good enough. Just a shame about the shambles in front of him.

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