Wojciech Tomasz Szczesny is a Polish footballer who plays for Arsenal and the Poland national team as a goalkeeper. Impressed by Szczesny's composure, agility, and command of his area, Arsenal made him as their first choice following which Szczesny expressed his desire of continuing as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper for the rest of his career. In 2006, Szczesny joined the Arsenal youth set-up, progressing to the reserve team during the 2008–09 season. On 20 November 2009, Szczesny joined League One team Brentford on a month's loan. Szczesny participated in five games while he was there and made a number of saves to keep out Leeds United and was honoured with the Man of the Match award. On 27 October 2010, Szczęsny made his second appearance for Arsenal in the League Cup following which he signed a new long-term contract on 11 November 2010. He also cemented his place as the first choice goal keeper for Arsenal in that season. Szczęsny played a half in each of Arsenal's pre-season games on their tour of Malaysia and China from 2011-12.