Arsenal do not fear February run-in, says Szczesny

The Gunners goalkeeper insists his team-mates are excited by the prospect of a gruelling month of tough fixtures which includes Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United
Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal are not daunted by a difficult month of fixtures this February.

The Gunners are set to face Liverpool twice and Manchester United in the Premier League, plus Bayern Munich in the Champions League, all in the space of 11 days.

But the Polish shot-stopper, whose defensive record boasts 11 clean sheets this season in the Premier League, insists his team are looking forward to the prospect of a season-defining month.
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“We’re looking at it as a chance to create an even bigger gap between us and the teams behind us. We’re looking forward to it and I hope we can show people what we’re made of,” Szczesny told reporters.

"We’ve got a difficult run but we’re looking forward to it. It’s good to be around the top but right now what we care about right now is being top at the end of May. It really doesn’t matter to us now.

“We’ve got hard games, but every single game in the Premier League is difficult at the moment - there are no weaker teams.

“I’m looking forward to the big games, every player looks forward to games against big opponents and world class players. We’re looking forward to it.”

The 23-year-old is confident the Arsenal defensive unit is up to the task of keeping Liverpool's free-scoring strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge quiet at Anfield.

He added: “They have been fantastic - their goal-scoring record speaks for itself. They’re great players.

"We managed to keep a clean sheet against them at home and we’ll try to do exactly the same thing away from home and hope for a result. Our defensive record, especially at home, has been fantastic.

“I’ve never felt scared facing anyone, so we’re looking forward to it because we’re always excited to play against fantastic players.

“We know if we keep clean sheets we have got every chance of winning the game so that’s been the case. I think it is 11 games at home we have kept 10 clean sheets. You can see it’s massive for us.

“We realise if you want to win the championship then you have to be solid defensively and that is the most important thing. We know that clean sheets gives you the best platform to go and win games. If we can keep a few more until the end of the season then we can get our rewards."