Arsenal's Szczesny signs new contract
Wojciech Szczesny's future at Arsenal this time last year was a major doubt, as the Pole was making a number of errors. He was even left out of the squad for the trip to Bayern Munich towards the end of the season. A remarkable run of form in their last six matches, which saw Szczesny keep four clean sheets, has worked in his favour. The impressive performances this campaign have seen him get a new contract from Arsenal.
Arsenal's official website has confirmed that the goalkeeper has signed a long-term contract.
As with most of the Arsenal deals these days, the length of the contract is unknown, but it is most definitely four or five years long. Szczesny said to Arsenal's official site:
"I am very pleased to have signed a new contract. Arsenal is like my family and I'm so happy to be committing my long-term future here.
"I've been at this club for over seven years now and I'd just like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support towards me during my time here."
Arsenal have been linked with moves for Spaniards Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes. Valdes will be available on a free in the summer, while Casillas appears to be unhappy at his role at Real Madrid. Both of them will bring vast experience to the Arsenal defence, but it seems that they have decided to go down the youth policy once again.
Szczesny has a total career appearance of just 150 matches, but he has demonstrated in the qualities to be a top Premier League goalkeeper according to Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal have the third best record in the division when it comes to goals conceded. Wenger's men have allowed just 10 goals in the opening 11 matches. Szczesny undoubtedly has had a part to play in this record. He has been making more saves (2.45 per game) this season than last campaign (1.68 per game).It remains to be seen if he can maintain this form throughout the campaign.