First choice role not Fabianski’s yet
The Polish stopper has excelled for the Gunners in the continued absence of Manuel Almunia, but perhaps due to Fabianski’s own inconsistencies in the past, his manager will not rush in naming him as the team’s new No. 1.
Fabianski has turned the tables in terms of his reputation ever since a vital penalty-kick save against Partizan in the Champions League. The 25-year-old followed that with a valiant show despite a defeat at Chelsea and his impressive form continued against Manchester City today.
Arsenal’s 2007 signing from Legia Warsaw literally had a ‘big hand’ in the Gunners’ 3-0 victory at Eastlands with a string of superb saves, but despite lauding Fabianski, Wenger refuses to make any big decision over Arsenal’s permanent first choice goalkeeper based on the Pole’s current form.
“From game to game he shows what we see in training. Sometimes in our job you have to be steady and fight against opinions. It’s easier for you when you know the player has the talent and I believe he has the talent.”
“I never say that definitely (he is No. 1) because you always want the freedom to change when it is needed. At the moment looking at his performances you can absolutely not fault him at all.”