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Wenger taught me nothing at Arsenal - Szczesny

EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 19/05/2017

 Wojciech Szczesny poses with a Roma shirt

Poland goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny has shockingly revealed that he learnt nothing as a goalkeeper in five years with Arsenal under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger but his two years with Serie A side AS Roma has improved him as a shotstopper.

The 27-year-old has spent two years in Italy and he is expected to return to the Emirates but after this latest comment, it may mean that the Pole actually fancies the training methods of Roma over Arsenal and may seek a permanent move this summer.

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‘The one thing I want to do is make sure I don’t stay still,’ he told the Guardian.

‘I was quite still for five years – sometimes I played better, sometimes worse, sometimes phenomenal, sometimes rubbish. You take steps forwards and backwards. It is not very good for your head if you go up and down and up and down. I want to try to keep going up, with my quality and with my decisions that I make.

‘I am 27, the best I have ever been, I still have room to improve and I want to make sure that room doesn’t stay empty. I want to go into that room. It feels like a big moment.

‘The season before I left I had a very bad season – performances, injuries, off field – it was terrible.

‘I could have stayed in an environment that was going negatively for me. Instead the opportunity that came gave me a fresh start. You get a new perspective. You get new coaches and influences. You learn new drills. You do new things. Now I am very happy that it happened, even if the first impression was that I might be out of Arsenal, which was very painful. Now I think it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me.

‘The biggest thing I have taken away from these two years at Roma is the fact I grew as a goalkeeper. It’s just raising your levels, your standards. I absorbed a bigger knowledge of football, the tactical side of the game. You don’t see me with that rush of blood that I used to have as a younger keeper. It’s not that I don’t feel that rush of blood but tactically you are more aware of when to be involved, when to let the defenders recover.’