By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has never wavered in his view that Lukasz Fabianski can be a top-class goalkeeper and the Pole is beginning to reward his manager's faith.
Fabianski had his critics after a handful of errors but he played a starring role in Arsenal's 3-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday. The 25-year-old made a superb early save from David Silva's clever flick and flew across his goal to deny the Spaniard in the second half and preserve the visitors' one-goal lead.
A late point-blank save from Emmanuel Adebayor - Fabianski was unaware the Togolese was offside - and assured handling throughout capped a rock-solid display from the Pole and Wenger was quick to praise his keeper after the match.
"From game to game he shows what we see in training," said the manager.
"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."
Manuel Almunia's imminent return from an elbow injury will give Wenger a selection headache but he admits that it would be hard to drop Fabianski on current form.
"I never say that definitely [that Fabianski will stay in the team] because you always want the freedom to change when it is needed," said the Frenchman. "But at the moment looking at his performances you can absolutely not fault him at all."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source