Lukasz Fabianski has targeted the number spot, claiming he is ready for the battle to overhaul compatriot Wojciech Szczesny.
Fabianksi was a surprise inclusion in Arsene Wenger’s lineup to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League, and the Polish international didn’t look back securing five wins in each of his matches before succumbing to a rib injury that has reopened the door for Szczesny.
The younger Pole has been instrumental in Arsenal’s recent unbeaten streak producing vital saves against United and QPR. Despite Szczesny’s resurgence, Fabianski believes he is in his best position for sometime to challenge for the starting spot between the sticks.
He told Arsenal Player:
I’m hoping that it’s going to go my way, I’m feeling really positive about it [the battle to be No 1]. I feel that I’m a better keeper than I was, I feel really confident in myself.
I put in a lot of work to be fit again, to be stronger. I’m not worried about anything and I think I’ve made a statement that I’m up for it.
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I had a chance to play my first game against Bayern Munich on the big stage and as a team we did really well. I helped the team as well, I’m really happy that I was back, fit again and that I had a chance to show myself on the big stage.
It’s all about confidence. I think it gave me a boost but I was really prepared for that. I didn’t see any difference in my confidence before the game and after the game and before the next game. I think it was on the same level.
It’s just getting that feeling of playing good again, getting the result and that always gives you a positive feeling about yourself for the next game. It gave me a boost but I was confident even before the game.
As a team we did really well. Defensively we are communicating well, we’re defending as a team, we’re tracking back all the midfield players. We’re aware of the set-pieces. You could see it clearly that as a team we were prepared well.
The 28-year-old has certainly shaken the ‘flappy-handski’ nickname after some stellar performances prior to his injury. But should he oust Szczesny for the two upcoming games?
The younger shotstopper has restored confidence with the fans of late and is the long term number one, Fabianski’s contract expires this summer which is something else to consider plus why would Wenger change a winning team?