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Wojciech Szczesny has aimed a slight dig at Arsene Wenger.
The Poland international joined Juventus in the summer to the surprise of many Gooners.
Many of us couldn’t understand why a player who said he wouldn’t return to the Emirates to sit on the bench will decide to move to Juventus where he wasn’t going to be first choice.
Woj is now trying to justify the move, saying he has learnt a lot since he moved in the Serie A compared to his time at Arsenal.
“I think in general, the coaches in Italy are much more tactical, that’s just how the league works,” the Poland international told the Independent.
“Whether it was [Luciano] Spalletti at Roma or Max Allegri here, the preparation for the game is different to what I was used to in England. You work on the shape of the team for a particular match all week. At Arsenal you’d just prepare physically for it but here you watch film analysing a specific opponent before the game and afterwards we’ll watch again to see what worked and what didn’t.
“I enjoyed working with some great coaches at Arsenal, Roma and here, but the goalkeeping school in Italy is very different, it’s very technical and pays more attention to the details. It’s really made a difference for me because I started playing at a very young age with Arsenal and as you play you gain experience and that’s how you grow.
But, honestly, I couldn’t say from a technical standpoint that I improved in any way from when I became first-choice at Arsenal until the day I left for Roma.
“However, in the two-and-a-half years since I came to Italy, I’ve improved massively which is thanks to the coaches and the way they work. It’s not about improving when you play, it’s every day in training you have to work on every aspect of your game and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed.”
While Szczesny does have a point that he improved since joining Roma in 2015, he is supposed to know that it is normal for keepers to improve around the age he was when he moved to Rome on loan.
While at Arsenal, he could be rash but that was all down to his young age and experience. He was able to build on his experience at Arsenal, when he moved to the Serie A and that made him a better player.
If he had remained at Arsenal, I am sure he would have improved because it was the right age for the maturity of his game.