Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny said he failed to improve from a technical standpoint after becoming the first choice at Arsenal.
Szczesny left Arsenal permanently in the off-season, joining Italian champions Juve, having put in two years on loan with AS Roma.
The 27-year-old Polish goalkeeper joined Arsenal’s academy from Legia Warsaw in 2006, making his debut three years after and went on to make 181 first team appearances, before falling down the pecking order after the arrivals of Petr Cech and David Ospina.
Szczesny – who has shown up two times this season as reinforcement for Juventus skipper Gianluigi Buffon – believes the setup at Arsenal is inferior compared to what he has encountered in Italy.
“I think in general, the coaches in Italy are much more tactical, that’s just how the league works,” Szczesny said. “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 analyzing a specific opponent before the game and afterward 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.”