Szczesny willing to stay and fight for Arsenal place

Wojciech Szczesny is willing to fight for his place at Arsenal even if Arsene Wenger brings in another goalkeeper ahead of the new Premier League season, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Szczesny lost his place in the Arsenal line-up towards the end of last season as Wenger gave Lukasz Fabianski the chance to impress, and this summer Wenger has been consistently linked with a new goalkeeper who would likely take the No.1 position, with Queens Park Rangers’ Julio Cesar, Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Pepe Reina, the Liverpool goalkeeper who has just joined Napoli, thought to be Wenger’s three main targets.

Despite Wenger actively looking for a new custodian, Szczesny insists he will not lose faith in his abilities nor allow his level of effort to drop in training. “My confidence never gets crushed,” Szczesny said.

The 23-year-old added: “Whatever happens, my attitude doesn’t change. I still try my very best in training. I want to make sure I’m in the best shape possible. Whether someone comes in, it’s not really my decision and it won’t affect me in any way.

You have to deal with the competition. I think that the competition from Lukasz when he was fit was pretty tough and I enjoyed it. He also had a good run of games last season and did really well so yes, I like competition. I really don’t mind it. It came only bring the best out of me.

Szczesny went on to say that he has heard the speculation over a new first choice goalkeeper before but not once has it given him cause for concern – especially because of his age, still relatively young for a goalkeeper.

I’m still a young goalkeeper so I’m going to have my ups and downs. It’s normal. There’s not a single keeper in the world that goes through a season without a little dip,” the Poland international continued.

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