Arsenal latest: Szczesny concentration 'like all great goalies'; Ramsey praised


All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson has been speaking about the current incumbent Wojciech Szczesny - and had nothing but good things to say about the player.

The Pole has had a terrific campaign after a troublesome 2012-13.

And Wilson believes he is the real deal:

“He used to come over and say hello and whatever and I’d say good luck. But now, which is great from my point of view because I think he’s changing his mentality, he’ll see me and he ignores me as he’s concentrated on the game. That’s like all great goalies…”

But he did still have some critique on his game:

“I’m still critical of a few things in his game. He has not got to risk it when delivering a ball off the ground…We’re seeing goalie after goalie delivering it too late and the ball being blocked. I saw Artur Boruc do it against Arsenal. I also want him to keep trusting his instinct and keep trying to do what virtually no goalie in the Premier League does now, which is come and help their defence beyond six yards….”

“…Basically I think that as long as Wojciech trusts his instinct but doesn’t do the daft, rash things then he’ll keep progressing really well.”

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has been singing the praises of Aaron Ramsey - claiming the star is like Steven Gerrard.

Ramsey, who is currently out with a thigh injury suffered on Boxing Day, had an astonishing start to the season before being side-tracked by injury problems.

But Parlour believes he is a player who can be a major influence on the future of Arsenal FC:

“Without doubt, Aaron Ramsey can become as influential as Steven Gerrard. Ramsey needs to believe in his own abilities. He is a young and exciting talent and will definitely be a top, top player in the future. He wants to learn and is blessed with the ideal attributes for a midfield player.”

Arsenal under-21 boss Terry Burton is set to leave in the summer after being overlooked for the role of Academy Director.

Burton, who helped the development of Tony Adams and Paul Merson, was said to be disappointed in the decision to appoint Andries Jonker in place of the retiring Liam Brady and has therefore decided he will move on in the summer.

Eden Hazard has insisted that it is paramount to the clubs success in the Premier League title race that they defeat Arsenal at the weekend.

The game, which will be Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge, takes place on Saturday and Hazard says:

“The game against Arsenal comes at an important moment because it follows a league defeat. We are going to do our best in front of our own supporters in what is a big derby game. There is no better one to win."

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