Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that Polish goalkeepers benefit from doing gymnastic and flexibility activities from a young age.
The Gunners’ number one Wojciech Szczesny was born in the Polish capital of Warsaw and joined the club from Legia Warsaw as a youth-team player in 2006.
His talents quickly impressed the Gunners’ staff and Wenger said of his player in early 2010; "I really believe in him that he will one day be Arsenal's number one. He has all the qualities you want from a goalkeeper.”
Szczesny became first choice during the 2011/12 season and went on to play all 38 Premier League fixtures during the campaign.
The 24-year-old is renowned for his agility and fine shot-stopping ability and Wenger feels his goalkeeper’s childhood activities in his native Poland played a role in his development.
“I don’t know why goalkeepers are so good in Poland but usually these Eastern European countries do a lot of gymnastics at a young age to develop flexibility and awareness of your body. Maybe when they go into goalkeeping they benefit from it,” he told Arsenal's official website.
Szczesny has played a total of 167 matches in all competitions for the Emirates outfit, though he played little part in the club’s FA Cup triumph last year.
As of 2007 he has also become Poland’s first choice, holding off strong first team competition from former Arsenal teammate and good friend Lukasz Fabianksi.