By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger has full belief in his goalkeepers and his view that Lukasz Fabianski will be a great player remains unchanged.
 
The 24-year-old got the first-team opportunity he had been waiting for when Manuel Almunia's finger injury ruled the Spaniard out of the first leg of the Champions League tie with Porto on Wednesday.

Fabianski made some important saves as Arsenal lost 2-1 to the Portuguese champions but he was at fault for their first goal, helping Silvestre Valera's cross over the line. He was then involved in a mix-up with Sol Campbell which led to Falcao's second-half winner.

The Pole has been criticised in the wake of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat but Wenger remains confident that Fabianski will become a leading keeper.
 
"We live with opinions of people and everybody is entitled to theirs," said the manager. "But I believe in the keepers I have.

"We have to give Fabianski support and show solidarity with him. I believe he will be a great goalkeeper. He had an unlucky night.
 
"Every goalkeeper who had a great career has had a night like that. On the first goal, of course, on the second all the circumstances went against him. It does not change my opinion about him.

"It is a good opportunity for us to show that we are a special club and that we have a special togetherness and that we win and lose as a team.

"It happened to him on the night and we can put it right in the second leg and that is where we can show how special we are.

"Fabianski is not as young as you think he is. He has already played in Poland and has won championships in Poland. Almunia is 34-years-old. If you don't have experience at 34, you never get experience."

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