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Szczesny: I stagnated at Arsenal

2017-10-17 12:13
Wojciech Szczesny.(Getty Images)
Cape Town - Wojciech Szczesny says he made the right choice in swapping Arsenal for Juventus after seeing a massive improvement in his game in recent seasons.
The 27-year-old Polish international goalkeeper joined the Gunners from Legia Warsaw in 2006. He spent his first few years in the youth and reserve set-up before being promoted to the first side at the start of the 2009–10 season.
A season on loan with Brentford was next before Szczesny returned to play a total of 181 times for Arsene Wenger's charges - ahead of two seasons on loan at Roma, which preceded his €12.2 million switch to Juventus on a four-year deal.
Speaking to The Independent, Szczesny explained that his time with Roma really helped him improve as a keeper.
He said: "Honestly, I couldn't say from a technical standpoint that I improved in any way from when I became first choice at Arsenal until the day I left for Roma.
"However, in the two-and-a-half years since I came to Italy I've improved massively, which is thanks to the coaches and the way they work.
"It's not about improving when you play, it's every day in training you have to work on every aspect of your game and that's something I've really enjoyed."
He added: "I think in general, the coaches in Italy are much more tactical, that's just how the league works.
"At Arsenal you'd just prepare physically for it but here you watch films analysing a specific opponent before the game and afterwards we'll watch again to see what worked and what didn't.
"I enjoyed working with some great coaches at Arsenal, Roma and here, but the goalkeeping school in Italy is very different - it's very technical and pays more attention to the details."


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