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Szczesny admits trophy woe

Wojciech Szczesny: Admits he is disappointed that Arsenal failed to win silverware this season

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Poland star disappointed at continued trophy drought

Wojciech Szczesny has revealed his frustration at Arsenal's failure to win any trophies this season.

The Gunners went out early in both domestic cup competitions and were beaten by AC Milan in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League last month.

A slow start to their Premier League campaign left them well off the title pace and means it is now seven full seasons since they last lifted silverware, the FA Cup in 2005.

Szczesny admits it is a disappointment not to win a trophy this season but is prepared to be patient given it is his first year as a first-team regular.

"I would've been more satisfied if we had won any trophies," he told the club's official website.

"My goal at the beginning of the season was to win trophies for this club and I haven't won any, so that's always a big disappointment.

Consistent

"But it's my first full season in professional football, I'm enjoying it, and I think I've been quite consistent considering my age."

Szczesny is poised to make his 70th career appearance for Arsenal on Saturday, with Chelsea the visitors to the Emirates.

The 22-year-old feels he is benefiting from the faith shown in him by Arsene Wenger, admitting the boost gained from knowing he is first choice has allowed him to become a better player.

However, he is taking nothing for granted and feels he has a long way to go to establish himself in North London.

"I'm 22 years old and I don't think I'm an established number one. I still need to prove myself at this club," he added.

"I do feel confident, but if we had this conversation in a few years' time and I've played 500 games for this club, I'll feel like I'm an established number one.

Confidence

"I've never been short of confidence but when you actually start playing regularly and you feel like you're number one for the club, it gives you massive confidence knowing that the manager believes in you and trusts whatever you do.

"You know you can afford to make the odd mistake and you won't be dropped. It gives me a lot of confidence and that kind of shows in my performances.

"I believe I have improved, I've matured a lot in goal, I keep my focus for 90 minutes - which wasn't always the case in my early days.

"So the improvement is there but I'm hoping to improve with every single game and every single season at this club."