By Chris Harris
If Lukasz Fabianski has his way, he'll get his hands on some silverware before William Gallas does this season.
The Polish goalkeeper would love to see his French team-mate hold aloft the Premier League trophy, the Champions League trophy and the FA Cup - and preferably all three - but before that Fabianski is determined to lift the Carling Cup at Wembley in February.
The 23-year-old has captained Arsenal's Carling Cup kids since making his second start for the Club in the Fourth-Round win at Sheffield United last season. It's strange to think of Fabianski as the 'old man' of any side - he has only made 11 first-team appearances - but it's a responsibility the affable Pole relishes as he prepares for this term's Fourth-Round test against Wigan.
"I was really really happy to be named captain and also I think it's a big honour to be a captain of that kind of team in this kind of club," Fabianski told Arsenal.com.
"We just want to win the Carling Cup now and I hope it is me who gets to lift the trophy. It is a long way until that though so I am just going to focus on the next game against Wigan.
"They are a really good team. They have had some good results already this season, and I have seen that they have a physical team, they have big boys in the squad. I am really looking forward to the game and I am really happy because it's a team from the Premier League."
With six clean sheets in his 10 starts to date, Fabianski is already challenging Manuel Almunia for the No 1 spot. And if he gets to lift a Cup in three months' time, the Pole will emulate a very famous Arsenal custodian - David Seaman, who captained the side to victory at the 2003 FA Cup Final in Cardiff.
Fabianski chuckles at the comparison. "You cannot compare me at the moment to David Seaman!" he insists. "I am at the beginning - I hope - of my road at Arsenal. At the moment I am happy to be captain in the Carling Cup but I have to look forward and show the best of myself in every training session and every game."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