Szczesny goes on the defensive

Wojciech Szczesny has stated that Arsenal are not over-reliant on Robin van Persie, and despite his goalscoring prowess are not a one man team.

The Netherlands international has been in red hot form this season, and has scored 31 goals in his last 30 games.

Despite the attacker playing a key part in the North London club’s revival from a slow start this campaign, the Polish stopper feels that the Emirates Stadium team have a lot more to offer than one in-form striker.

“I don’t think we are over-reliant on him,” the keeper told The Sun.

“We’ve got some fantastic players in this team and we work as a team. The whole team stuck together when we went 1-0 down against Fulham, we stuck together well.

“I don’t think we are a one-man team — we are a great all-round team,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has admitted that he will field a number of fringe players against Manchester City in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, resting the likes of Van Persie.

“I believe that some players are on the fringe of being really limited. I will rest some players, but I still want to play a team that has a chance to win the game,” the French coach told Arsenal Player.

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emmanuel Frimpong will play, but I consider them to be first-team players.

“Park Chu-Young is adapting to the level he is facing here and he has another opportunity against Manchester City to show that he can do it.

“Yossi Benayoun has been absolutely fantastic, but we have so much choice in midfield and we play with three strikers. The chances for the midfielders are not so big and that is why he has not played as much as he deserves.

“The attitude of all the players that came in has been great, everybody helps focus the team to win and he does that as well,” Wenger concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

 


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