Szczesny: AW’s the one and only

The Gunners may have beaten Premier League leaders Manchester

United 1-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but their hopes of a

first trophy since 2005 have long gone. Some critics and supporters

alike have questioned whether Wenger, who transformed the Gunners

since taking charge in September 1996, remains the right man for

the job as Arsenal look to keep up with their big-spending rivals.

However, 21-year-old goalkeeper Szczesny – one of the youngsters

relishing in the chance handed by Wenger this season – insists

Arsenal’s future is very much in the right hands. “It is

ridiculous. If you ask any of the players, they will stand by the

manager,” the young Pole declared. “He built this thing from

nothing and I believe he is the best manager in the world. “He puts

his reputation on the line with young players.” Wenger’s continued

faith in youth failed to deliver once again in 2011 as his side

suffered a shock Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham at Wembley,

which was followed by swift exits from the Champions League in

Barcelona and FA Cup at Old Trafford before a costly run of draws

then defeat at Bolton put pay to any title hopes. It was a mix-up

between Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny, the 25-year-old

summer recruit from Lorient, which gifted Birmingham striker

Obafemi Martins a dramatic late winner at Wembley – a moment from

which Wenger believes his squad never really recovered. Szczesny

believes such deep frustrations can only make the squad stronger.

“We all take individual responsibility for our mistakes, and

everyone has played their part in this season’s disappointments,”

he said. “We just have to take it as a team. You can’t blame the

boss. He stood by the team all season.” Szczesny added: “There is a

lot of frustration, to see other teams fighting for the title. “We

have really worked hard the whole year, have done our best every

day in training and we have given 110% in the games. “It is

frustrating not to be in the side that wins the championship, but

we have shown we have the quality. “It is just a matter of whether

we can step up next season. “We believe we are good enough, that we

have a lot of years in front of us and a lot of trophies to win –

so let’s be patient and show next year that we are good enough to

win it.”