Arsenal Goalkeeper’s Unlikely Striker Role-Model

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See who Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by this season…

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes that Charlie Austin can be a great role model for young English players, and has discussed his admiration of the striker.

Austin was released from Reading’s youth academy as a youngster, and was working as a brick-layer when he he succeeded on trial at Swindon Town.

Now the forward, still only 25, is scoring goals for fun in the Premier League, and will be hoping to add to his tally of 11 against Arsenal. The man tasked with stopping him is Szczesny.

“He’s been brilliant” the keeper told the Arsenal website. “I played against him when I was at Brentford on loan and he was at Swindon.”

“He was a good player back then but to see someone coming through the lower leagues, into the Premier League and then doing as well as he is at the moment is very good.

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“He could be a role model to young English players coming through. I’m delighted to see him doing well but I’m just hoping that his goalscoring form won’t be as good on Friday.

Arsenal face a tough test on Boxing Day against a QPR side who have shown that they can beat anyone with Austin in the side.

Szczesny has stuggled to keep clean sheets in the last month, and the Arsenal back line last kept a shutout against Southampton 20 days ago. The Gunners have conceded seven goals in the four games since.

The defence received particular criticism for its performance against Liverpool last week. The ten man Reds were able to score a last minute header from a set piece as Per Mertesacker’s poor form this season continued.

But Rangers’ dreadful away record will make the Gunners firm favourites for the game at the Emirates.


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