Wojciech Szczesny has revealed he’s looking forward to a reunion with the ‘incredible’ Anfield crowd as the Gunners prepare for the first of two games against Liverpool in the next week.
The young Pole had one of the best games of his fledgling career in a 2-1 win two years ago, producing a breathtaking double save from Dirk Kuyt’s penalty and rebound, and says the reception he received from the home support that day has stuck with him.
“I’ve always said Anfield is the one away ground in England I enjoy the most,” the goalkeeper told Arsenal Player. “I’ve played there for the first team… I’ve also played for the reserves and for the youth team about three or four times and I loved it.
“I’ve always had good games and at the ground the fans are incredible. I remember when I played two years ago when we beat them 2-1, I actually managed to get myself an ovation from The Kop, which was one of the nicest things that I’ve ever experienced in football.
“I’m looking forward to it and I hope I can put in a good performance again and enjoy the atmosphere.”
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud admits that Arsenal have yet to persuade everybody of their title-challenging credentials but stressed it’s up to Arsene Wenger’s squad to prove the doubters wrong.
“Maybe we are not favourites for the title but we have been first still for a long time and it’s the 25th game [coming up],” the Frenchman told Arsenal.com.
“We have to show people that we want to answer [our critics] on the pitch and nothing more. That is the most important [thing] for us, is the reality of the pitch. After that, if people don’t think we can finish first it is not my problem, but I know we have a good chance to win the league.”