August 7th, 2012
The shot-stopper was sent off in the first game of the competition and played no further part as Poland failed to qualify from the group stage.
The Pole was given his marching orders after 69 minutes of the curtain-raiser between Greece, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Now, Szczesny believes the whole experience will prove to be beneficial as his career develops further.
“It was obviously quite tough getting sent off in the first game and then being left out for the third match, but the experience of being there was different, something I have never had before,” said the 22-year-old.
“Obviously the sending off is [part of] a learning curve for me and hopefully that will never happen again. But it has made me more mature.
“Before the game I had never felt better in my life. Physically I was really fit and mentally strong and it just shows you that you never know what is around the corner. In that way it made me more mature.”
Szczesny joined Arsenal as a youth player in 2006 from Legia Warsaw.