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Wojciech Szczęsny
Personal information
Full name Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny[1]
Date of birth 18 April 1990 (1990-04-18) (age 19)
Place of birth Warsaw, Poland
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Brentford
(on loan from Arsenal)
Number 53
Youth career
0000–2005 Agrykola Warszawa
2005–2006 Legia Warszawa
2006–2009 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009– Arsenal 0 (0)
2009– Brentford (loan) 15 (0)
National team
2009– Poland U-21 6 (0)
2009– Poland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:54, 14 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November, 2009

Wojciech Tomasz Szczęsny (pronounced [ˈvɔi̯t​͡ɕɛx ˈʂt​͡ʂɛ̃snɨ]; born 18 April 1990) is a Polish footballer who plays for Brentford as a goalkeeper, on loan from Arsenal. He is the son of Maciej Szczęsny.

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Club career

Born in Warsaw, Szczęsny trained at Agrykola Warszawa as a young player and Legia Warszawa's goalkeeping coach was so impressed with the young keeper, he allowed him to take part in a training camp with Legia's first team at the age of 15.[2][3]

In 2006 he joined the Arsenal youth set-up, progressing to the reserve team during the 2008–09 season. Szczęsny appeared on the first team bench for the first time during the Premier League match against Stoke City on 24 May 2009. At the start of the 2009–10 season he was promoted to the senior squad and given the number 53. He received a call up for the UEFA Champions League match against Standard Liège on 16 September 2009, featuring on the bench.

On September 22, 2009, Szczęsny made his first team debut in the League Cup, keeping a clean sheet against West Bromwich Albion.[4]

On 20 November 2009, Szczęsny joined League One team Brentford on a month's loan. He saved a second half penalty in his second match in the 1–0 loss to Wycombe Wanderers. Szczęsny completed his fifth game for Brentford on 12 December 2009, where he made a number of saves to keep out Leeds United and was given the Man of the Match award[5]. On 22 December, Arsenal agreed to extend the loan for a second month until 17 January 2010,[6] and then until 31 January. Finally, it was extended until 31 May.[7]

In December 2009, Arsène Wenger revealed that he and the rest of Arsenal's coaching staff have high hopes for Szczęsny, saying "We have identified Wojciech as a future great, great goalkeeper."[8][9] In January 2010, Wenger said: "I really believe in him that he will one day be Arsenal's No 1. He has all the qualities you want from a goalkeeper."[10]

International career

Szczęsny also plays for Poland's U-21 team and has started all three 2011 European Championship qualifying matches to date. He was also placed on stand-by for the Polish national team by manager Leo Beenhakker for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Slovenia in early September 2009. However, since none of Poland's top three goalkeepers dropped out, he was not called up and instead played the U-21 qualifiers against Spain and Finland. He has a total of six caps for the U-21 squad.[11]

In October 2009 new manager Franciszek Smuda sent Szczęsny his first call up to the full national side, for the friendly matches against Romania and Canada.[12] Szczęsny made his debut versus Canada on November 18 2009, coming on as a 46th minute substitute for Tomasz Kuszczak.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Statistics". Premier League. http://www.premierleague.com/staticFiles/c2/3b/0,,12306~146370,00.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Wojciech Szczęsny". 90minut.pl. http://www.90minut.pl/kariera.php?id=8327. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Dawidziuk, Adam (16 December 2009). "Ranking polskich bramkarzy według Dowhania". sports.pl. http://www.sports.pl/Ranking-polskich-bramkarzy-wedlug-Dowhania,artykul,64687,1,279.html. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal 2-0 West Brom". BBC Sport. 22 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/league_cup/8256834.stm. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  5. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/8398127.stm
  6. ^ "Brentford extend goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny's loan". BBC Sport. 22 December 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/brentford/8426813.stm. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wojciech Szczesny extends loan with Brentford". Arsenal.com. 1 February 2010. http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/31594/wojciech-szczesny-extends-loan-with-brentford. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive Wenger webchat - Part Two". Arsenal F.C. 23 December 2009. http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/free-exclusive-wenger-webchat-part-two. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Dawson, Alan (28 December 2009). "Arsene Wenger looking forward to Wojciech Szczesny's continued development at Arsenal". Goal.com. http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2558/news/2009/12/28/1713442/arsene-wenger-looking-forward-to-wojciech-szczesnys. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Teale, Nick (26 January 2010). "Wenger - Szczesny can be Arsenal's No 1". Arsenal F.C. http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-szczesny-can-be-arsenal-s-no-1. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Transfermarkt.co.uk - Wojciech Szczesny
  12. ^ Smuda powołał kadrę na mecze towarzyskie
  13. ^ "Polacy wreszcie strzelają". 90minut.pl. 18 November 2009. http://www.90minut.pl/news/108/news1086289-Polacy-wreszcie-strzelaja.html. Retrieved 18 November 2009. 

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