Szczesny insists Arsenal are improving despite Van Persie uncertainty

Polish shot-stopper is encouraged by the progress being made by the Gunners in pre-season and is targeting securing silverware at the club after a seven-year drought

Wojciech Szczesny insists that Arsenal will be stronger in the upcoming season despite the uncertainty surrounding Robin van Persie's future.

The Dutchman has insisted he will not extend his deal at the Emirates and, while the goalkeeper concedes he will be disappointed to see the captain go, he is positive nonetheless about the Gunners' chances next season.

"It will be disappointing if he leaves because Robin is our captain and he’s our leader," Szczesny told the Gunner's official website.

"I’m very happy to have him at the club. He’s still an Arsenal player and we support him all the way.

"No-one’s left the club at the moment. We have new signings, we’re stronger defensively and so we’re in a better position.

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"It was a bit different last year because we all knew Samir [Nasri] and Cesc [Fabregas] would be leaving but now we believe in the squad more. We’re more confident that the players we have are good enough to play for this club and challenge for trophies.”

Arsene Wenger was sure to delve into the transfer market earlier than last season to prevent the hangover which blighted the start of the previous campaign, signing strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.

The goalkeeper continued: "Those who were lacking experience last year have that experience. We have a couple of signings, more players who can score goals.

"Podolski’s goal record speaks for itself. 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."

Szczesny admits that the north London club will have to improve if they are to finally end their trophy drought and has targeted a personal improvement, by conceding fewer goals.

"I don’t think we can concede more goals than we did last year," he added. "Hopefully the number will be much lower.

"I was the one in goal, I was the one conceding all those goals, so I can’t be angry at people.

"This club always has the same aims and that’s winning trophies. 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. We’re already sure of our place in the Champions League. And we’re confident we can fight for the trophies more than we did last year."

After becoming Arsenal's first-choice shot-stopper the Pole has been given the No.1 shirt at the club, but insists he does not feel any added pressure as a result.

"It’s a big privilege for me to wear that shirt at such a big club," said Szczesny. "I just hope I can prove I am worthy of wearing it.

"I played my first full season last season and managed to play every single game. The manager has a lot of faith in me and I appreciate that. I’m just trying to do my best and show everyone I’m worthy of it.

"There’s no danger of being complacent. I’ve got the No.1 shirt and I want to prove to everyone I'm capable of wearing it."