Szczesny positive after Besiktas draw


Although Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Besiktas last night has prompted a flurry of nervous reaction, Wojciech Szczesny is in confident mood ahead of the return leg last week.

Having kept a clean sheet, and almost stolen the game at the end through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Polish stopper was far from downhearted after the game.

“I thought it was very enjoyable”, he said. “It was a fantastic atmosphere and a very tough game. It was exactly what you would expect from a Champions League fixture.

“It was a good test for us and we came out with a clean sheet which is a positive. We’ll be confident going into the second leg.”

Concerns about Arsenal’s performance are understandable, but Szczesny says the team will do their best to grind it out at the Emirates next Wednesday if that’s what it takes.

“We always want to play better and the only thing we can focus on is getting a result in the second leg. It doesn’t have to be a pretty one but we want to get through and secure Champions League football.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal will today send Mikel Arteta for a scan on the ankle injury he picked up last night. The skipper left the ground in a protective boot and could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines if the results confirm the worst fears.

Fingers crossed.

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