Szczesny has revealed why the Pole has been playing better of late.
Towards the end of last season there were concerns being raised over Wojciech Szczesny’s capabilities of being the Arsenal No.1.
During the summer manager Arsene Wenger signed Emiliano Viviano on-loan to address this point, but the form of the 23-year-old has meant the new addition has not played a single game yet.
Szczesny has noticeably become more confident and commanding on the pitch and the Poland international says this is down to maturity.
“Physically there is not much difference,” the stopper told the club’s website.
“You try to put in an extra 10 per cent in training, but if you ask me I would say I was just as fine then as I am now.
“It was just that you concede a few goals that you could have done better with, people get on your back and it all seems to happen against you.
“It comes down to maturity. The older you get, the more games you play and you know how to deal with things, you know how to prepare for things.”
The ‘keeper has played 17 matches in all competitions so far this season, keeping seven clean-sheets including at the Westfalenstadion when the Gunners beat Borussia Dortmund 0-1 in the Champions League.
Szczesny is now recognised as a top talent at the club and there are a lot less critics wanting the Pole out of the side.
Along with the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, the stopper is part of a youthful core at the Emirates Stadium.
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