Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes Arsene Wenger is ‘God’ at the English Premier League club.
Wenger’s men go into their home clash with Manchester City 18 points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand after suffering their worst start to a Premier League campaign since the Frenchman joined the club in 1996.
Szczesny has praised the manager and his influence on the club, and insists he will work hard in order to end Arsenal’s seven-year trophy drought.
“In the club (Wenger’s) God,” Szczesny told a leading men’s magazine. “Nobody can rebel against him. The God is only one.
“It’s not that easy to cross your boss in England. Those who try it usually don’t get first-team opportunities.
“Even not shaking hands after the game has its consequences. You can get away with murder in Poland but not so much in England.”
The 24-year-old has also had a difficult season, with injuries and a loss of form leading to a stuttering start for the talented youngster.
But despite this season’s early woes, Szczesny said he was relishing the responsibility of being Wenger’s first-choice ‘keeper, and will strive to bring the good times back for Arsenal.
“Mr Wenger invited the goalkeepers for a meeting and told us who was number one, number two and number three,” Szczesny said.
“Since then I’ve felt much more responsible for the team and I’ve had much more respect from my team-mates.”
And while the ‘keeper is ambitious, he said he would turn down a huge offer from the club’s rivals Tottenham in order to build a long and successful career with Arsenal.
“I couldn’t play there – never ever. I can’t imagine any circumstances which could force me to play there. There are some things you can’t do in your life,” Szczesny said.
“I hope in 14 years we’ll speak about my two decades at Arsenal.
“I know we haven’t won any trophies recently but I can’t change clubs because of that. I just must work even harder to help us win trophies.”
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