Wojciech Szczesny: 'Arsenal as good as any in Europe'

Szczesny: 'Arsenal as good as any in Europe'
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Wojciech Szczesny says that Arsenal are as good as any other team in Europe and that they are desperate to win a trophy.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has insisted that his side are "as good as any other in Europe", but has revealed his concerns at their trophy drought.

The Gunners are still awaiting their first piece of silverware since winning the FA Cup in 2005, and have already been knocked out of the Capital One Cup as well as slipping out of the Premier League title race.

However, the Polish stopper believes that the North London outfit, who currently sit sixth in the table, are among the most talented teams in Europe.

"Sometimes I look at our training sessions and think this team is as good as any in Europe. And sometimes it just doesn't work out for us in the game," Szczesny told The Guardian. "People talk about pressure in football but I don't think pressure should always affect you in a bad way. I love games under pressure. The players are impatient. We really want to win a trophy.

"The fans are understandably impatient, because we should be doing much better than we have been. It's a very long period that we have been disappointed. Very often, when we go on the football pitch, I feel like if we don't score four goals in the first 15 minutes people start being a little bit hesitant.

"Sometimes you hear boos in the crowd, although that's a different story. You get that kind of atmosphere where some people feel under a little bit too much pressure. But I don't feel pressure should paralyse you. It should make you even better if anything. It's hard to explain."

Arsenal host Liverpool in their next match on Wednesday.

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