Wojciech Szczesny has backed Alexis Sánchez to become a regular goalscorer for Arsenal after the forward broke his duck to put his team into the Champions League group stage. “I’m sure there’s many more goals to come from him,” Szczesny said.
“He’s a strong lad, works very hard as well, so we’re delighted for him to score his first goal because that will take the pressure off a bit.”
The goalkeeper is impressed by the attributes Arsenal’s marquee summer signing brings. Even though Sánchez lacks the height associated with a traditional target-man attacker, Szczesny feels the Chilean more than makes up for it with his power and technique. Sánchez can, he believes, look to emulate the Premier League impact made by small, stocky, gutsy South American strikers in the mould of Carlos Tevez or Sergio Agüero.
“They are both fantastic players but hopefully he can be just as strong as them in the Premier League. He has been around for a few weeks now; we see how good he is in training. He is very sharp, very strong as well. He’s not the tallest but puts himself about. He wins headers. Even when we are under pressure against Besiktas, we had to go long and he won most of the long balls. He’s a very strong lad. He will handle the physical aspect of the game.
“He’s got plenty of energy, plenty of pace as well. He will be a very strong player for us, not only scoring goals but working hard in defence. He will be a really good player for us.”