Arsène Wenger admits he has learnt a lot about Lukasz Fabianski’s character following his superb display against Bayern Munich.
The Polish goalkeeper had not played for Arsenal for more than a year, but produced an impressive performance to keep a clean sheet at Allianz Arena.
Wenger was delighted Fabianski managed to transfer his good form at London Colney into a match situation and says it was an informative experience.
Fabianski put in outstanding performances in training but to transfer that to the game, under pressure, that is what you learn in competition
“You always learn from competition because training is one thing, competition is another,” the manager said.
“Fabianski put in outstanding performances in training but to transfer that to the game, under pressure, that is what you learn in competition.”
With Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone also competing for the No 1 shirt, Wenger faces a selection headache but he insists it is a healthy situation.
“The problem for Fabianski is that he is 27 not 19,” he said. “He is at an age where a goalkeeper needs to play. He wants to play.
“If you raise the question, ‘Is Szczesny happy?” then of course he is not happy when he doesn’t play. Every guy wants to play. They want to play in big clubs as well where there is big competition.
“When you see Manchester United against Real Madrid, you look at the bench and then look at who is sitting in the stands.
“There are some in the stands who would play anywhere. For example, Chicharito was not on the bench, so that's part of being at a big club as there's a lot of competition.”Copyright 2013 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 15 Mar 2013