Szczesny thrives on the responsibility that comes with being Arsenal's No.1

The 22-year-old says he loves the pressure of being the Gunners' first-choice shot-stopper and has become accustomed to the 'up and down' life of the Premier League goalkeeper

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says he thrives on the responsibility of being Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old Poland international joined Arsenal in 2006 and has had his eye on the No.1 jersey ever since.

The inconsistencies of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianksi gave Szczesny his opportunity in Arsene Wenger's side and the Pole took full advantage of his chance and cemented himself as Arsenal's main keeper, putting to bed many supporters' calls for a new custodian to be signed. 

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"The only reason I joined is because one day I believed I could be Arsenal No.1. Every step I made along the way was something to be proud of," he told The Daily Mail.

"I don't want to say it was a matter of time before I got it, but for me I wasn't going to stop until I got it.

"Of course now I am here, it isn't the end of the journey - you have to prove yourself worthy of wearing that shirt. That is what I am looking forward to."

Szczesny is no stranger to mistakes in his young career. A mix up with Laurent Koscielny in the final moments of the League Cup final in 2011 handed the trophy to Birmingham City, while his red card at Euro 2012 dented host nation Poland's chances of progressing through the group.

However the Pole's self-confidence has helped him move on from those errors and embrace the 'beauty of the job'.

"I think the beauty of this job is you are never in the middle," he said.

"You are either up here or down there. If you make a mistake you get blamed for losing the game. But there is no better thing than coming back and making good saves and earning the three points the next week.

"The responsibility is what I love about it. Do I find it hard to cope with? Not really. Everyone makes mistakes, you just have to focus on what is coming and make sure they don't always happen. A big part of being a professional goalkeeper is learning from your mistakes and not letting them get to you."