Szczesny eyes sweet win from sticky Toffees encounter

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Wojciech Szczesny’s return to first team action has so far garnered a big win over Spurs and consecutive clean sheets against Montpellier and Aston Villa. It’s not a shabby return, but the Pole in goal has set his sights on a return to winning ways against Everton after Saturday evening’s frustrating draw in the Midlands.

Reflecting on a busy week between the sticks, the 22-year-old shot stopper was in bullish mood as the Gunners prepare for Wednesday’s trip to Goodison Park.

“It will be a six-pointer,” Szczesny told Arsenal.com. “It will be a very good game for us to win. We managed to get three points last year and it was a really tough match.

“We are outside the top four so our first target is to reach that top four. But our ambitions are much higher than that.

“We have managed to get a couple of good results recently. It would have been good if we had won on Saturday but we shall take it game by game and hope for the best. We need to climb the table and hopefully do well in the other competitions as well.

“I think the last two matches against Tottenham and Montpellier, offensively we have played really well. We have had a few disappointing performances before that, so it’s important we get back to that level and I think we are in a good position to do so.”

Everton have been in good form making a decent start to the season for the first time in living memory. Last year an early header from Thomas Vermaelen was enough to down the Toffees, although we were lucky to escape with all three points after the home side had a goal chalked off for offside when it most clearly was not.

Although it’s likely to be another tight affair on Wednesday it remains to be seen whether Jack Wilshere features, particularly now the boss has admitted the young midfielder has suffered from swelling on his troublesome ankle.

“He had a little inflammation but I think the rest will help him to get rid of it,” clarified the boss on Saturday evening.

“Apart from that, he’s done very well. He’s not played for 17 months, people forget what that means – it’s massive. I’m very happy with the way he progresses.”

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