German press highlight one big flaw with Wojciech Szczesny

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Sport-BILD believe Arsenal's shot-stopper has a weakness when it comes to dealing with crosses.

"Wojciech Szczesny is the undisputed number one at Arsenal," write Sport-BILD in a recent report that has asserted that, despite the Polish international's status in North London, he remains inferior to his opposite number at Borussia Dortmund this evening, Roman Weidenfeller.

Arsenal take on Jurgen Klopp's BvB at the Westfalenstadion in their first Champions League test of the new season - and it is arguably their biggest examination of the entire group stage as Dortmund are, particularly at home, regarded to be a more dangerous outfit than either Galatasaray or Anderlecht.

Last season, Szczesny kept his sheet clean in 16 Premier League games and returned an average of 2.05 saves each match. Sport-BILD have identified a potential flaw in the 24-year-old's individual game as, despite being "strong on his line and successfully working on his consistency" he still has "a weakness [when it comes to defending] from the flanks."

In the current season, Szczesny has enjoyed mainstay status for the Emirates Stadium side, has made six high claims yet has failed to collect one cross - from just four appearances to date. Last year, he failed to collect five crosses while in the 2012-13 season he failed to claim two.

Szczesny has improved his distribution from goal kicks, as his accuracy has risen by almost 20%.

But how does Szczesny compare to the division average in the area BILD have criticised the player?

 2014-15 Premier League TeamPosHigh ClaimsCross Not ClaimedGoal Kick AccuracyAppsMins
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 6 1 73.91 4 360
2013-14 Premier League TeamPosHigh ClaimsCross Not ClaimedGoal Kick AccuracyAppsMins
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 68 5 57.73 37 3,330
 2012-13 Premier League TeamPosHigh ClaimsCross Not ClaimedGoal Kick AccuracyAppsMins
Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal GK 19 2 56.14 25 2,250

For the past three seasons combined, the average goalkeeper fails to collect a cross 0.19 times per game, marginally higher than Szczesny's return of 0.12 times per game - or once every eight matches. Is that enough to be considered a liability?

 Premier League PositionHigh ClaimsCross Not Claimed(Accurate Goal Kicks/Goal Kicks) *100Appearances
Division Average GK 2.88 0.19 51% 26.48

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