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Arsenal have managed to extend the contract of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who has been in inspired form this season. The Poland international struggled for form last season, which even led to him being dropped by the manager on some occasions. The young goalkeeper, though, finished the season strongly by keeping four clean sheets in the last six matches. He has managed to continue that form into this campaign as well. Arsenal have one of the best defensive record in the country and this has helped them move to the top of the table after 11 matches of the season.
Szczesny has been looking solid and stable in defence, which have helped Arsenal build a platform. He was signed from Polish club Legia Warsaw in 2006, but it was not until 2009 that he made his debut for Arsenal. He had been competing with Lukas Fabianski for the first team spot, but it seems that he has emerged in front. The 23-year-old has so far made 123 appearances for the club. As with most other transfers, Arsenal failed to disclose the length of the contract signed by the player. It is most likely to be four or five years longer considering the age of the goalkeeper.
“I’m so proud to be an Arsenal player and am looking forward to helping our club towards success in the years to come,” said Szczesny. “I have always believed he is an extremely talented player, with excellent reflexes and good mental strength. He continues to grow and improve all the time too, so he has the potential to be even better. He can be an important part of Arsenal Football Club for many years to come,” said Wenger.
Arsenal have not won a major trophy since 2005, but they are top of the table right now.
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Cardiff city manager Malky Mackay has said that the deal to take Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid has totally transformed the Premier league outfit. Bale was sold to the Spanish club for a world record transfer fee of £ 86 million. Rather than work their way to the bank, Tottenham have decided to invest this money back into the transfer window. This has resulted in the club bringing in several star names over the summer. They have crossed the £ 100 million mark in terms of spending for the first time in their history.
Cardiff will be their opponents in the Premier league this weekend and this will be a very tough assignment for Mackay, whose team have done relatively well at the start of the season. Cardiff themselves have spent a lot of money since their promotion to the top flight, but it is pale in comparison with Tottenham’s spending. Mackay has said that the Bale transfer money has helped Tottenham take their squad to another level. He thinks that Tottenham’s squad is now on par with a club in the Champions league.
Finishing in the top four is the main objective for Tottenham this season, and their quest looks so far to be in good shape.
“Because of the extra amount of money the Bale deal actually made for the club, their squad looks like a Champions League squad. Spurs went out and brought all those players in and then eventually did the [Bale] deal. It looks as if it has been very good business. The players that they brought in – everyone in football knew in football they were top talents that were on the market and they were going to cost a lot of money,” said Mackay, whose team have taken one win in the four matches.
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