Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny: I Want To Emulate The Success Of Peter Schmeichel

Player's family travelling from Poland to watch League Cup final
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that he wants to try and emulate the career of childhood hero Peter Schmeichel by amassing a similar amount of silverware.

His father, Maciej, played in goal for Poland and has been a huge influence on his career, but it is the Dane who Szczesny wants to be compared to.

He told the Daily Mirror: “I've always used my dad as my role model. I've always looked to him for advice.

"But if you ask me who my favourite keeper of all time is, it's Peter Schmeichel. As a kid I used to watch and admire him. I hope I can achieve as much in my career as he did.”

If the Gunners win on Sunday against Birmingham in the League Cup final and lift the season’s first major trophy, the Polish 'keeper is touting his side as being able to go on in search of greater glory.

"Winning on Sunday would give us a massive boost. If we do win the trophy we will have even more desire to push on from there and win all the trophies remaining,” said Szczesny.

"It's hard to talk about being favourites [for the Final]. It's the only chance [Birmingham] will get to win a trophy this season so they will be up for it.

"But we believe we can beat them and win the trophy. We haven't been to Wembley for some time so it will be a great experience. We're hoping to win the first trophy of the season."

The Arsenal goalkeeper’s family will be there watching him on the day. They plan to make the trip over from Poland to watch him play in his first major cup final – something, he says, that gives him added incentive to perform to his best during the game.

"My dad will be at Wembley," said Szczesny. "I have a few members of my family coming.

"My grandad is leaving Poland for the first time in his life, so that will be a big occasion. He is in his 70s. I'm very pleased he's coming. He's watched me a few times for the national team. It's an extra incentive for me to do well.

"I'm very confident. I keep my feet on the ground. Nothing really fazes me. I don't think it's hard. I was born this way. I believe in my own abilities. That's why I'm confident whenever I go out on the pitch.

"Whether it's Stoke and we have to face a lot of crosses or Barcelona with the best strikers in the world, I'm confident in my abilities."

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