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Szczesny: We must avoid 'humiliation of all times'

ESPN staff
March 18, 2013
Wojciech Szczesny is determined to help Arsenal into the Premier League's top four © Getty Images

Wojciech Szczesny has insisted that his long-term future remains with Arsenal despite losing his place in goal to Lukasz Fabianski and wants to help the club avoid the "humiliation of all times" of missing out on the Champions League.

The Polish goalkeeper remained in England as the Gunners beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the Champions League last week, and did not regain his place for the Premier League win over Swansea at the weekend. But Szczesny said the competition he is facing for his place in the team would not deter him from fighting for his future.

"I am too happy to go somewhere else," he said. "I believe in the philosophy of the club and that Arsenal will start to win again.

"I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else. As long as they want me here, there is no somewhere else, and I have a contract until June 2015."

Szczesny said everyone at the Emirates needed to focus on Arsenal overturning Tottenham or Chelsea to claim a top-four finish and restore some pride after a tough season.

"It is halfway through March and we have lost everything," he added. "There are still 10 matches (nine following win over Swansea) left to save the club against the humiliation of all times.

"It would be disaster not to be in the top four and without the Champions League next year.

"We have the 10 most important games in our careers. We are going through the most difficult time since I came here."

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