Szczesny eyeing trophies

Image: Wojciech Szczesny: Hoping Arsenal can be more defensively solid this season

Wojciech Szczesny has seen signs that Arsenal can improve both in attack and defence as they seek to end the club's trophy drought.

Gunners goalkeeper believes club will be stronger this season

Wojciech Szczesny has seen signs that Arsenal can improve both in attack and defence as they seek to end the club's trophy drought. The Gunners have gone six years without a trophy under Arsene Wenger but recovered from a poor start last season to finish third in the Premier League. Although Robin van Persie continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have been added to the squad with the promise of more signings to come. And the club's 22-year-old goalkeeper has identified those new signings, as well as the influence of new assistant manager Steve Bould, as key factors in helping the club improve this time around. "This club always has the same aims and that's winning trophies," Szczesny told the club's official website. "We obviously haven't done it in the last few years and that's disappointing for the players and the fans but I believe we will be that little bit stronger than we were last year. "We have a couple of quality signings already. And we're confident we can fight for the trophies more than we did last year. "I think the players who were lacking experience last year now have that experience. We have a couple of signings, more players who can score goals. And Podolski's goal record speaks for itself.

Defence

"We're strong offensively and Steve Bould has been doing some fantastic work with the defence. That seems to be working very well. It all makes me believe we'll be that little bit stronger. "We've done a lot of shape work in training, work on when we lose the ball and a lot of defending on crosses. "It's all very sharp as well. Steve likes to shout at players and keep them on their toes - so it's looking positive. I don't think we can concede more goals than we did last year. "I was the one in goal, I was the one who conceded all those goals, and I'm just disappointed because it shows our defending was a big problem for us last season. "We'll do everything we can to make it better." In other news, young midfielder Serge Gnabry has signed professional terms with the club. The Germany youth international, who turned 17 earlier this month, joined Arsenal from Stuttgart last summer and enjoyed an impressive first season in north London. Gnabry netted six times in eight games for the youth team and was able to replicate this fine form at reserve level, where he made six appearances and scored twice.

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