Wojciech Szczesny has been every present in between the sticks for Arsenal since returning from injury back in round 12 and since the Arsenal number one has collected five of his six clean sheets this season showing that his injury has not set his performances back whatsoever.
Some fantasy managers may feel that six clean sheets to date is not exactly the type of high flying stats they want from a goalkeeper heading into the final third of the season but when you look at the Arsenal defence as a whole they have managed nine clean sheets this season which is only bettered by Manchester City’s eleven clean sheets. Our remit here in “The Managers Office” is not only to look at the past but to assess their potential going forward and it is for that reason that Szczesny finds himself on our radar.
With two clean sheets in his last two appearances for Arsenal the Gunners last line of defence has been in fantastic form of late, most notably against Sunderland last time out as the Polish keeper made four fantastic saves to keep his 10 man Arsenal side in the game and secure all three points.
Like many Szczesny seems to flourish at home with four of his six clean sheets coming at the Emirates, which is actually the only clean sheets Arsenal have collected at home this season meaning that the Gunners defence is stronger at home with Szczesny between the post and despite the fact that he is currently seventh on goalkeepers leader board he warrants consideration as Arsenal look to secure one of those valuable Champions League spots.
As far as the fixtures are concerned Arsenal have a very favorable run in, at the Emirates the Gunners will face off against Aston Villa, Everton, Reading, Norwich, Manchester United and Wigan. With the exception of the visit of the current league leaders Szczesny’s prospects off adding to his clean sheets look good as they welcome sides who between them have only managed to put four goals past the Gunners this season.
Away from home Arsenal travel to Tottenham, Swansea, West Brom, Fulham, QPR and Newcastle in games that could very easily see the Gunners add to the five clean sheets they have picked up on their travels. With games coming up against two sides who are currently are in the top five for the least amount of goal scored at home this season Szczesny’s prospects become a lot clearer going into the final weeks of the season.