Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny discusses shouting at his team-mates

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The Polish international doesn't mind laying into his team-mates.

This season looked like it could have been a tough one for Wojciech Szcesny. He had a topsy-turvy 2013-14 and Arsenal signed David Ospina from Nice after he excelled at the World Cup for Colombia.

But Szczesny has remained the Arsenal number one and perhaps had one of his best seasons yet in an Arsenal shirt.

In the past the stopper has found himself criticised by some for his goalkeeping style. No man's land is frequently inhabited by the big Pole but he is slowly becoming a mature stopper.

But that does not just mean making saves. Today he has been talking about his communication has also improved over the years.

He told the official Arsenal website how he feels more confident now he is barking out instructions to players more on his level of age and experience, as opposed to when he broke into the team as a teenager:

“You have extra responsibility as a goalkeeper. yeah. You get older and more experienced but you get more respect from your team-mates the more you talk to them, even if sometimes you don’t talk to them in the right way.

“If you’re disappointed and you yell at your team-mates, they understand it. As a goalkeeper I didn’t quite get it when I was younger - I used to scream and then feel pretty bad about it.

“I always had a goalkeeping coach behind my goal so he would tell me what information to give because, as a young keeper, you don’t quite understand the tactics and you don’t want to be just screaming nonsense.

“At the very start, my ambition made me scream at people. They were much older than me - I was 19 when I came into the side and I had 30-year-old defenders, so it’s not a natural thing to do.

“You never see any of the team-mates talking back, even if you tell them off because that happens sometimes - as long as I do it in a respectful way I don’t find it difficult.”

The Arsenal keeper may not have the natural talent of a Hugo Lloris, David De Gea or Thibaut Courtois but presence is certainly a facet of his game that continues to improve.

Sometimes that is all it needs and as long as he can keep out the competition, he will be Arsenal's keeper for a long time yet.

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