Wojciech Szczesny will understand if Manuel Almunia starts in Sunday’s Final
Written by Renzo on February 25, 2011 4:30
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will understand if manager Arsene Wenger sticks to his domestic Cup policy and starts with Manuel Almunia against Birmingham on Sunday.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online ahead of the Wembley Final, the Poland International explained that the Cup gave me the opportunity to shine, build his confidence and fight for a regular place as he added how ultimately it was an important competition for every single player as it provided the right boost to compete in all other competitions.
Asked if he will start in goal, the 20-year old confessed he would love to feature at such an important venue in European football but added how he understands Arsene Wenger’s policy to rotate goalkeepers outside the Premier League and Champions League.
Szczesny concluded by saying that winning on Sunday would be a massive boost in confidence for the Gunners as it would help them find the right mental approach to go on and fight for the title against Manchester United.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, the goalkeeper said:
[The Carling Cup] has been very good for me, it gave me a lot of confidence, stepping up to play in the Premier League. But I feel it was very important for the whole team as well because we had very good results and it gave us a boost to compete in the other competitions.
I would love to play [in the final]. It’s my first chance to play at Wembley and I would love to play at Wembley. I do understand the boss tends to rest the number one goalkeeper for the domestic Cups but I would be delighted if I keep the number one spot until then and still get to play at Wembley. It would be fantastic.
As I said before, this is the first trophy we can win this year so we believe it can give us the extra boost to push on for the other competitions. We want to take the chance to win a trophy early on and then push on for the Premier League.