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Szczesny insists he wants to stay at Arsenal

ESPN staff
March 24, 2013
Wojciech Szczesny says he owes a "debt" to Arsenal © Getty Images

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has ruled out a move away from the club, despite recently being dropped for high profile games against Bayern Munich and Swansea.

Szczesny, 22, has felt the pressure of a tough season for the Gunners and manager Arsene Wenger opted for fellow Poland international Lukasz Fabianski in recent outings. The situation saw Szczesny's father hit the headlines for a verbal attack on Wenger, for which his son had to apologise, but the goalkeeper is not thinking about a transfer.

"I don't want to be anywhere else," he told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. "My contract runs out in 2015. I have played my 100th game for Arsenal and I hope to play hundreds more. Physically, I can imagine myself at a different club, yes, but mentally, absolutely no. I'm too happy here.

"What guarantee do I have that I will win trophies somewhere else? Arsenal will win things again, I trust the club's philosophy, I have a debt here."

Arsenal have struggled again this season and will end 2012-13 without a trophy - their eighth season without silverware. However, the Pole wants his team-mates to rally together to claim an all-important Champions League place.

"I know that Arsenal should not play as badly," he said. "We're not even through March and we have lost everything. We have only nine games to save the club and not humiliate ourselves.

"Arsenal have been in the Champions League for the past 16 years and it would be horrible not to qualify this time. Those are our most important games in our careers. It's our hardest time since I got here."

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