Award for Szczesny & praise for Fabianski

Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski

The Premier League have confirmed that Wojciech Szczesny and Petr Cech will share the 2013/14 Golden Glove award after finishing level on 16 clean sheets each this season.

Szczesny missed only one game all season, the weekend’s trip to Norwich, leading to suggestions Arsene Wenger had cost the Pole the accolade given the Chelsea keeper’s better games to clean sheet ratio.

In total Arsenal conceded 41 goals, the fourth best record in the division, with 20 of those conceded in the away games at Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton. Put in context, the fewest goals Arsenal have ever conceded in a season is 17 when the club were runners-up to Manchester United in 1998/99.

It’s not that bad mind, we twice conceded 86 goals in a season in 1926/27 and 1927/28.

Arsenal fans are waiting with baited breath to see if Szczesny’s impressive league form has earned him a place in the FA Cup final ahead of deputy Lukasz Fabianski. The elder of the two Poles has thus far started all five of the Gunners games on the way to Wembley and earned hero status for his shootout exploits in the semi-final.

Speaking to Arsenal Player about Fabianski’s contribution, centre-back Laurent Koscielny focused on the 29-year-old’s professionalism.

“Lukasz is a very good goalkeeper. He’s a big professional and he’s the first in training to prepare. He tries to improve himself in training and during the game if he’s on the bench you feel he’s concentrating with the team.

“He is very good off his line, like Wojciech, and has good feet which is very important for modern football now. He reads the game well when he needs to get to the ball in front of the striker.

“He plays the FA Cup – a little like Iker Casillas at [Real] Madrid, who plays in just the cups. But he’s done the job well, every time when you call on Lukasz to play he has done the job so it’s very important to have two goalkeepers at this level.

“He saved our team in the semi-final, he was the hero for Arsenal so I’m happy for him because he’s a nice man and he works hard for the team.”

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