Arsenal defence deserves Praise says Szczesny

The Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny can count himself lucky that he got his starting place back from Lukascz Fabianski. It was only the rib injury to his Polish international team mate that let Szczesny back in. He could have been in the same situation as the Gunners captain Thomas Vermaelen, who has played just once since the derby defeat by Tottenham and that was because Per Mertesacker was suspended.

The two players were dropped at the same time and Szczesny has been very impressed with the way Laurent Koscielny and Mertesacker have performed as a defensive pairing since then, conceding just three goals in eight games. The keeper has been much better since returning, although the centre backs in front of him have made his job a lot easier.

“I think they’ve been terrific,” said Szczesny. “Not only defending very well but also creating goals for us at the other end, like they did last week against Fulham.

“They’re getting the credit they deserve because they work very hard and they’re very honest lads. I’m very happy for them and it’s much easier to play behind them when they are in that kind of form.”

The keeper is under no illusions that Arsenal will have things their own way in the last three games, even though QPR are down, while Wigan and Newcastle are in the bottom five. He does feel, however, that the Gunners have proved that we will fight all thew way and that will see us achieve what we need to.

“I am confident that we will be,” he said.

“At this point of the season, it doesn’t really matter who we play because I don’t think the game against Wigan will be any easier than the game against Manchester United.

“Wigan are fighting relegation, QPR will play for their pride and Newcastle on the last day of the season is not exactly an easy game as well.

“I don’t think it matters who we play, but we have sent a message by not losing, which makes our unbeaten run a little bit longer. We’ve sent a message to the teams around us that we are up for a fight.”

We certainly have, but Arsenal will need to show some composure and quality in those last three games. The defence has proved itself very tight, but we need goals as well.

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70 thoughts on “Arsenal defence deserves Praise says Szczesny

  1. moneytalks

    mertesaker and koscielny have been a very good pairing.
    we are unbeaten in the last 9 epl games due to their form.
    i still think signing a top quality defensive midfilder will make our defence rock.

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  2. moneytalks

    according to espn our transfer budget for next season is
    60 million pounds.

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  3. Tom

    Koscielny has proven he is class this season! Kosc and Merts are our best cb pairing by far! I think two additions to the defense this summer ( Howedes, Piszeck ) would make our Defence world class! Howedes can play anywhere across the back four and even Cdm and Piszeck can replace Sagna

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  4. tiko

    Fabianksi Still Number 1

    Szneszy needs to improve and make mistakes in training not games

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  5. lbc

    Szczesny had a wonderful game yesterday with some key saves (even if the best one was with his face).

    I think all of the talk about bringing in a new keeper is getting to him and finally making him play to his potential.

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  6. Tom

    Unfortunately I doubt Dortmund will sell Piszeck because they’ve lost Gotze and look set to loose Lewandowski as well. We could get Christian Maggio of Napoli though

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  7. dem gunners

    We need sell f*ckin Sagna, he was horrible y’day and pretty much the entire season. He has no desire to play for Arsenal, he seriously needs to go

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  8. sinero

    szczney was the reason we did not loose yesterday. he would be immense for us if he continues to play this way.coyg

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  9. Pete

    Apart from Sagna.

    Yesterday was the final straw, I am hoping that this is his last season. (Unless of course he returns to his form before his injuries)

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  10. gunners from Ibadan

    My favourite player for right back is seamus coleman of everton. Best RB last season after zabaleta. Man of the man against arsenal. I don’t want any unknown french guy call corchia. And leaving jekinson will only bring complacency like szcensy case. Competition is the best.

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  11. gunners from Ibadan

    @Tom are you drunk? christian maggio is 31 years and has never played outside the serie A

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  12. benjas

    Sagna is sh#t, the sucker is going to play champs league football somewhere else next season and he might have cost us 3 massive points we might need at the end of the season.

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  13. Tom

    @gunners from Ibadan

    Lol he’d play better than sagna did yesterday! But I didn’t know he was 31, sorry didn’t research him mate!

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  14. Hass

    When Sagna was playing at Cb v Sunderland people were praising him.

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  15. moneytalks

    arsene wenger will sell sagna at the end of this season. his contract expires in 2014 so wenger will do the right thing and bring another right back.

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  16. yann

    I’m sorry, but how has santi cazorla not made it into the pfa team of the year. Come on, he has been superior to hazard this year. It’s only beacuse hazard cost 32million punds. Cazorla cost 11, yes 11, 21 cheaper than hazard. Player with most through balls in the season, and our joint top scorer. 12 goals as a mid, I mean come on, who votes for these, is everyone a man utd fan. Or rvp lovers, so arsenal haters.

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  17. leo

    dortmund will not sell anyone they have agreed deal for dzeko & will sign negredo to replace barrios & persic who left they will replace gotze by signing rosicky + they are in for eriksen now that’s called ambition unlike us they have common sense

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  18. moneytalks

    the politics of kronke and board continues. our transfer budget has been cut from 70 to 60 million. if we finish outside top 4 then it will be 30 million i guess.
    what a bs management?

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  19. moneytalks

    @leo
    dortmund wont sell anyone?
    lewandowski, dzeko and negrego all playing for one spot?

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  20. leo

    i think for rb we could go for corchia,micah richards (he is a gooner) dusan basta or daryl janmat these are the likely replacements for sagna

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  21. moneytalks

    our transfer budget is only 60 million.
    we need a top quality striker, defensive midfilder, goal keeper, and right back and playmaker if sagna and rosicky leave.
    60 million is not enough for world class players.
    fuc* the board.

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  22. moneytalks

    micah richards will be good signing. he can play as rb as
    well as cb. i think it will be a risk because of his injury problems.

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  23. Tom

    @Moneytalks

    It’s called a 4-4-2 formation. Unlike arsenal other teams are aloud to play more than 1 striker.

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  24. leo

    @moneytalks lewandowski will be sold his replacement is dzeko deal almost agreed negredo who is valued at 10-14m a backup

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  25. DanO

    Kosceilny was immense yesterday,he is turning into a class centre half,still not sure bout mertesacker yet,he has been playin well of late but still looks abit dodgy at times,szchezny played well yesterday but he needs to stay quiet now and focus on keepin his place in the side

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  26. Tom

    @Moneytalks

    Couldnt agree more buddy! Our club is turning into the laughing stock of European football

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  27. leo

    @moneytalks dude heard that usmanov has arrangeda meeting with stan & will make a bid for takeover in summer don’t want to unsettle th club now will push for takeover in summer hope it happens

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  28. saban

    dont belive those cxnts from media they dont know how much we will spend, imagine if usmanov take over auuuu summer will be interesting.

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  29. Tom

    @Leo

    Daryl Janmaat would be my choice, I think he’d be great competition for Jenks! How much would he cost? We should go for a Feyenoord sweep get De Virj along with Janmaat

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  30. leo

    @tom yeah dude janmat looks good de virj would be an excellent signing + for 4th choice cb we are looking at kyriakos papdapoulas of schalke

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  31. Tom

    @Leo

    Papadopolous ( however u spell it ) would be a great signing! This kid is a freaking beast! How much is he worth tho 10-15m?

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  32. Tom

    @Leo

    Feyenoord is like the dortmund of Dutch football! So many talented young players Clasie, Janmaat, De Virj, Martins Indi, Vilhena, Kongolo!

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  33. denis my true name

    Reading some of the comment here. You are very rude to sagna. Yes he’s form this season is awful. But if i have to choose between a new right back and sagna. I choose sagna. We need experience. Our defense has started to gel. And it takes whole season to build the chemistry. I think our defense are settling now.

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  34. disu

    guyz i think all we need now is a (cb)williams will do of course,a(DM)and jovetic for sure.to me jekinson will do just dont forget he’s a fan,a good player and ofcourse a passionate one like that.he can always get back-up from the reserve or when is our youth investmet would start paying dividence?

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  35. leo

    @tom yeah agreed they have some amazing players

    read that arsene wenger’s budget has been cut by 10m ie we have 60m to spend but it doesn’t involve cl qualification + player sales,contract’s ending so we will have money to spend

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  36. mr lean

    @leo any truth in the rumours wengers 70m transfer fund has been cut by 10m does this mean stan might be preparing for europa league ? or have we spent 10m already ?

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  37. leo

    @tom i read somewhere janmat could cost around 6-8m

    nacho monreal’s addition has reduced our budget from 70m to 60m

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  38. Tobias

    does anyone know if tiote has a relegation release clause if newcastle go down?? he could be a cheap beast for cdm

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  39. basenbeats

    ATTENTION: Auction @arsenal!!!
    the following players are for sale : betdner/gervinho/chamakh/sagna/ and park 50% off!!

    Come on Wenger, it’s your last season. BUY BUY BUY!!!
    We need a new player at every position, we really do. 70 million should go to buy 4-5 players and the rest through player sales, swaps. Whatever it takes!

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  40. Tom

    @Leo

    Nacho was a great buy it’s worth the 10m for sure! But watch by the end of the summer we’ll have 20m in our warchest to spend-_-

    And yeah sounds like a great price for the first choice dutch Rb

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  41. mr lean

    @leo of course monreal, hope we can get rid of some deadwood soon and wenger is allowed to spend that cash as well.any news on jovetic as heard his reps have been at the emirates recently hope he’s signed a pre contract

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  42. mr lean

    really hope that at the end of the season our 3 biggest deadwoods leave the club stan/ivan and phw !!

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  43. NIKK

    70m 60m kitty WTF???

    Club Arsenal with consistent increasing yearly revenue should be budgeting minimum £20m per season towards transfer kitty.

    With negative transfer spending over last 8 years there should be a minimum of £160m available to spend!

    Kronke & the Board need to be booted out asap!

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  44. mr lean

    my final word on the weekends events,the guard of honour and wenger saying we should respect the judas and red nose i say thats our problem we have became a “nice” club,bullied on the field most weeks,bullied in the transfer markets i say f#ck that lets go back and be the Arsenal that threw pizza’s at scotish alcholics,jumped in front of players when penalties wre missed,made teams fear playing us at home and still had quality on the pitch.

    need a new era of bergkamps/vierra’s/adam’s/parlour’s and keowns to name a few

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  45. leo

    @tom yeah i read last season we had 70m by the time june came around we had 30m to spend the board is just fooling around but i think this time there will be money new commercial deals we tried to sign 2-3 players in jan tiote would be agreat signing don’t think he has a release clause likely to gonalons & slim chance of bender

    @mr lean jovetic will join us if we qualify for cl still talsk are going on player keen or arsenal move

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  46. Tom

    @Leo

    One more question… Are we still in for Howedes? I think he’d be a great signing cause he’s one of the most versatile defenders in the game ATM

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  47. mr lean

    hope all our transfer deals(incoming) are done early so can sit back and enjoy the summer

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  48. King

    I saw Florentina’s game on Saturday and Jovetic sucked. His team scored 3 or 4 goals and he was lost most of the game. Please Wenger, don’t blow money away again.

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  49. mr lean

    @King maybe he was dreaming of wearing the red and white of Arsenal ?

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  50. moneytalks

    i have a feeling wenger will sell cazorla and koscielny if we dont finish in top 4. this is bs. wenger and kronke are the culprit.

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  51. King

    If Sunday’s match confirmed anything it is that we need another CF, not a second striker. Jovetic is not a CF. In fact Podolski played CF last year in Koln and Jovetic has never done so before.

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  52. moneytalks

    i will be more than happy to see-
    adler gk
    bender dm
    lewandowski cf

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  53. Arsenal4Life

    Merteacker and Koscielny are great together. We need a RB who also could play CB if needed: Micah Richards.

    CB: 1)Koscielny 2)Mertesacker 3)Vermaelen 4)Miquel
    RB: 1)Richards 2)Jenkinson 3)Bellerin
    LB: 1)Gibbs 2)Monreal

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  54. planner

    com’on, arsenal fans who are againsst sagna jst bcs he made mistake yestadey- this is football, and perhaps koscielny, per, verm also gave away penalties in some of the important matches we played..
    he is physically strong and neva geet tired in aa game. if u want sagna to be sold am sure u will notice how our right back will be expose next season. Also jenkinson has been improving bt he do sometimes he do more funny tins dan bacary. i think we should keep them both bcos our problem is not right back but a world class defensive midfielder and a world class striker.

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  55. gunnerguy

    off topic, does anyone think if chelsea didnt make top 4 we should go in for luiz for the cdm postion ? just a theory, im not sure of his wages opinions and comments please

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  56. gunner4life

    @King
    Doesn’t mean he’s crap maybe his heart isn’t with florence now. For the person that said we should get tiote. He’s rubbish.

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  57. LoCkAy

    Wojciech Szczesny might have a point, but it does not really matter because we have not won a thing, so praise or not, what we can remember are the facts…!!

    It is always the same politics and same deluded statements from players and coach…

    Words and spoken philosophy do not bring you titles, trophies and accolades on a silver plate, that’s for fools…!!

    Actions, tactical awareness, strategic thinkings and innovations give you a challenger status… Those things we don’t have…!!

    Enough of the continual bullocks…!!!!!

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  58. Zimgooner

    Thoz who doubt jenkinson should look for perfomance of the defence durin the beginin of the season. Wit mo game tym he z pefect candidate for brazil 2014

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  59. hley

    vermalen for CDM in the place of arteta or jack…thumbs up if you like.

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