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Gunners boss admirers youngster's self-belief...

Arsene Wenger has backed Wojciech Szczesny to be Arsenal's long-term first-choice goalkeeper.

The 20-year-old has spent the majority of the season on loan at League One side Brentford, attracting praise for his performances. After talking this week of his ambition to be the Gunners' No.1 upon his return to the Emirates, Arsene Wenger gave the Pole his backing.

"It is reasonable to have the ambition to be No.1 here next season," said the manager to reporters on Friday. "I believe he is doing extremely well.
 
"I believe one day he will be the No.1 at Arsenal certainly."

Szczesny has helped the Bees to 10th in the table since arriving at Griffin Park, and believes the experience he has picked up has prepared him for the pressures of life at one of Europe's biggest clubs.

With the struggles of both Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski well documented this season, Szczesny could well get his chance earlier rather than later.

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