2013/14 English Premier League
Arsenal's efforts to replace the great David Seaman have seen a number of goalkeepers pass through the doors at the club but, in Szczesny, they may have finally found the answer.
A commanding stopper, he joined Arsenal in 2006 from Legia Warsaw and impressed in the reserves before a training ground accident saw him break both of his arms. His recovery made him stronger and he wasted little time in seeking to prove himself worthy of a place in the first-team.
A very successful loan spell at Brentford, during which Bees manager Andy Scott proclaimed: "It has reached the stage where when he lets in a goal we wonder why he hasn't saved it,'' saw him thrust into the spotlight and he was given his chance with Arsenal in the Carling Cup -- keeping a clean sheet against Newcastle United at St James' Park in October 2010.
With Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia injured, Szczesny continued to impress in early 2011 and despite his tender years, steadily established himself as Arsenal's No. 1.
In the 2011-12 season, Szczesny played in all of Arsenal's 38 league matches. Arguably his best performance came against Liverpool as he made a string of outstanding stops. Following the release of Almunia at the season's close, Szczesny was handed the No.1 jersey.
However, after an inconsistent spell littered with errors, Szczesny was displaced by Fabianski for Arsenal's crunch Champions League match against Bayern Munich in March 2013. His fellow Pole enjoyed a bright rare run between the sticks before Szczesny was handed a chance to redeem himself following Fabianski's rib injury. Szceszny kept two clean sheets in the following matches and despite speculation that Arsenal would bring in a new first-choice goalkeeper, he retained his starting berth in goal for the 2013-14 campaign.
Strengths: Very brave, he is able to spread his big frame and excels in one-on-ones. A confident catcher of the ball, he also has very good reflexes.
Weaknesses: Kicking has been a real struggle, while he is also guilty of rash decision-making on occasions.
Career high: Taking over the No. 1 spot at Arsenal at the start of 2011 with some impressive performances. He also saved an Antonio Di Natale penalty in Arsenal's crucial UEFA Champions League playoff against Udinese in August 2011.
Career low: Szczesny was involved in an agonising mix-up with defender Laurent Koscielny as Obafemi Martins pounced to clinch League Cup glory for Birmingham City in 2011. He began Poland's Euro 2012 campaign as No.1, but a red card in their first match against Greece ended his tournament prematurely.
Style: Strong, commanding, brave, a confident goalkeeper.
Quotes: "Wojciech has the genes of his dad. He has something that you cannot give to people, for technical work. He has that presence." Arsene Wenger praises his keeper.
Trivia: He is the son of former Polish international goalkeeper Maciej Szczesny, who once hit the headlines for punching Roberto Mancini in the face.
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