Wojciech Szczesny hails settled Arsenal defence

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes that the club's good form is largely down to a settled defence.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has hailed the results that a settled defence has helped bring to the club.

The Polish shot-stopper believes that having a consistent back five has been a big factor in the Gunners maintaining their title push in the Premier League.

Speaking to the club's official website, Szczesny said: "We've been together for much longer and we understand each other's game now.

"Over the last couple of seasons we had less luck with injuries - I never played with the same back four for more than two or three games [in a row].

"Now we play with the same back four, sometimes we rotate the full-backs but in general we stay with the same defence."

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday to record their 18th clean sheet of the campaign.

Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal celebrates after Olivier Giroud of Arsenal scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2013
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