Szczesny aims for a shut-out
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has his sights firmly set on recording another clean sheet against big-spending Tottenham in Sunday's north-London derby at the Emirates Stadium.
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Spurs have shelled out the best part of £100million - with the arrivals of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, Romania defender Vlad Chiriches and Argentina forward Erik Lamela all confirmed on Friday - in an attempt to bridge the gap on their neighbours, who have yet to make any major additions ahead of the transfer deadline.
Szczesny, though, insists the Gunners defence has what it takes to record another shut-out as they aim to build on victories over Fulham and Fenerbahce after a nightmare Barclays Premier League opener against Aston Villa.
"Hopefully we can get a few more clean sheets in the Premier League because we have not kept one yet. It is a little bit of an obsession for me, so hopefully we can improve on that," the Poland international said on Arsenal Player.
"I don't like to concede - the one (goal) against Fulham does my head in.
"I am doing all right. We managed to keep a clean sheet twice out of the last three games.
"Hopefully we can still improve, but I am kind of satisfied.
"We just want to give the fans something to cheer about and make sure we get three points [on Sunday]."
Szczesny believes victory over their fierce rivals will give everyone a lift heading into the international break.
He added: "We know how important this game is - not only for the three points but for the mood around the club.
"We will make sure we do the job properly like we did against Fenerbahce, and in the last couple of games. Hopefully that will give us the result."
Szczesny has reclaimed the number one jersey after being taken out of the firing line by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger towards the end of last season following some inconsistent displays.
Wenger, though, has every confidence in the Arsenal academy graduate.
"He is over the problems he had last season," Wenger said.
"Wojciech had a dip in form, but has come back at the end of the season with good form and a good run, overall for me he is back to his best.
"We forget he is a boy who is only in his third season in the Premier League. He is only 23, for a goalkeeper that is very young.
"He was third then last season fourth in the Premier League, for such a young goalkeeper, that is not a bad achievement.
"I am sure you will see a great season from Szczesny, and I rate (Lukasz) Fabianski very highly, which is why I think we have two very good goalkeepers."
Wenger allowed Vito Mannone to join Sunderland earlier this summer, and admitted he could yet look to bring in some experience goalkeeping cover before the transfer window closes, having been linked with the likes of Julio Cesar, Valencia's Vicente Guaita and Iker Casillas of Real Madrid.
"When Mannone went, we were open to having a third goalkeeper, because if something happens, you are quickly very short," he added.
"We have Damian Martinez as number three, but he has no experience at all in the Premier League, that is why we always had an eye open, and this position is not completely closed yet."
Wenger, meanwhile, maintains any talk of his own long-term plans must be put on the back burner, with the Gunners manager's current contract set to expire at the end of the campaign.
"My future at the moment is not the most important thing. At the moment what is important is that we have a big game on Sunday, that is the priority," he said.
"After that until Tuesday the transfer market is open and that is another priority.
"I am not on the transfer market so that is not a priority."