'There is a lot of work still to be done' - Szczesny keen to improve his consistency for Arsenal

The Poland international is critical of his recent appearances for the Gunners, but is confident he can improve his level of performance and keep hold of the No.1 jersey

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has criticised his performance during the Gunners’ victory at Sunderland, despite successfully keeping back-to-back clean sheets for the London club.

The 22-year-old has cemented himself as first-choice No.1 at the Emirates Stadium over the past two seasons, but has struggled with fitness this term after a number of niggling injuries.

And Szczesny is keen to remain in favour, but admits there is "a lot of work still to be done" to improve his consistency in goal.

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Talking after Arsenal’s victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Szczesny told the Daily Mirror: "I made a couple of saves that helped the team win the game and I’m happy for that but there is a lot of work still to be done.

"I still struggled a little bit on crosses so I would have been happier with a faultless performance."

Arsenal currently sit four points off the all-important fourth spot, but Szczesny highlighted the hard-fought win over the Black Cats as the type of performances needed to secure Champions League football.

He added: "We showed people we have what it takes to be successful and showed character and desire to get the result."