At the start of the 2010/11 season, Lukasz Fabianski spoke of his determination to win over the fans after a chequered start to his Arsenal career.
The Polish stopper went on to produce his best ever form in a Gunners shirt as he briefly made the No 1 spot his own. Only injury prevented him from challenging for that spot in the final months of the season.
After starting the campaign on the bench Lukasz was the beneficiary of an injury to Manuel Almunia and took his chance with aplomb, making vital saves at critical moments against Manchester City, Wolves and Everton to win the Gunners crucial points on the road.
Criticised for a handful of errors in 2009/10, Lukasz continued to turn heads with a string of solid displays. Confident, commanding and assured, he soon became a key figure in the Arsenal side.
Then, during his rich vein of form, Lukasz suffered an elbow injury in January that ended his season prematurely allowing Wojciech Szczesny to establish himself between the posts. But if Lukasz can reproduce the form he was in, Arsenal’s two Poles look set for an intriguing tussle for the No 1 spot during 2011/12.
"I just felt happy to be playing regularly every three days. I was enjoying that and I just want to keep working hard and keep playing as best as I can. It's not only with me, every player is like that - if he plays regularly his confidence grows and he feels more comfortable on the pitch.”
Marouane Chamakh may have scored twice in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux but is was Lukasz who was mobbed by his team-mates on the final whistle. The Pole produced two sublime saves - one from Kevin Doyle and another from Christophe Berra - very late on to keep the Gunners’ one-goal lead intact before Chamakh added a second deep into stoppage time.