Wojciech Szczesny has labelled compatriot Lukasz Fabianski as “the best No 2 in the country” after the young Pole admitted he still has to work hard to keep his spot in the Gunners lineup.
Szczesny has been a mainstay in the Arsenal XI this campaign after emerging as Wenger’s first choice goalkeeper at the tailend of last season, and has been touted as Arsenal’s next David Seaman.
The 22-year-old has put in some sublime performances this season and is already considered by many as Arsenal’s number one, but the Poland international believes he has serious competition every day from Fabianski and co, he told Arsenal.com:
I think the quality of goalkeepers at the Club is as good as anywhere in the country.
I believe Lukasz is the best No 2 in the country. Every time he goes in goal the team is confident he will do a good job, and to have someone like that behind you gives you a lot of motivation to work hard at the training ground.
I know I have to be at my very best in every game because he is waiting to take my spot. It helps keep you sharp and to be at your very best.
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I am 22 years old and I don’t think I am the established No 1; I still need to prove myself at this Club.
If we have this conversation in a few years’ time and I have played 500 games, then I will feel established as the No 1. There is still a long way to go.
He has certainly earned the right to be called Arsenal’s number one already after some sensational performances between the sticks, and Fabianski unfortunately didn’t take his chances earlier on in his career but is more solid now and is a more than able deputy.
Fabianski is rumoured to possibly be seeking a loan move next season which would greatly benefit the 27-year-old, but it would leave Arsenal in real strife if Szczesny picks up an injury or is suspended. Perhaps Wenger should consider rotating the duo a bit more to keep Fabianski in the fold like Ferguson has with De Gea & Lindergaard, but nevertheless Szczesny is the top keeper at present and will be for sometime.
The Gunners also have Damian Martinez coming up through the ranks too who will be pushing for a starting spot in the Gunners first team in the future, so maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for Fabianski to spend a season on loan at a Premier League side…