Doubts persist over Arsenal's Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Last season, Szczesny found himself unceremoniously dropped from the first-team, and replaced by Lukasz Fabianski. Speaking about losing his place in an interview with Arsenal official website, Szczesny said:
Obviously I had mixed feelings about my form last season, I had my ups and downs.
It wasn't nice [to be left out] - you want to be playing every week. But then again, the most important thing is the team and that is what the team needed.
Hopefully I can be the Club’s No 1 this season. It is important, I want to win a trophy for this club because that is what is missing in my career and I’m sure it is what the fans have been missing. It’s a big season.
It is indeed a big season, and one that started worryingly for Szczesny. The young shot-stopper conceded a penalty in the opening day defeat against Aston Villa, and looked shaken by the incident.
However, since then his form has improved dramatically. Hopefully the arrival of former Fiorentina goalie Emiliano Viviano will provide some stirring competition and coax more good form from Szczesny.