Lukasz Fabianski admits his long-term injury this year has been a bitter pill to swallow.

The Polish goalkeeper was in fine form when his 2010/11 campaign was cut short in January by an unfortunate shoulder injury suffered during the warm-up to the Manchester City game.

Wojciech Szczesny made the No 1 spot his own in Fabianski’s absence but the senior Pole is set to return in goal tonight when Shrewsbury visit Emirates Stadium in the Carling Cup.

"Working hard is all I can do, and when a chance comes up I just have to take it," the goalkeeper told the Official Matchday Programme.

"[Before the injury] I was doing well, playing regularly, and it was a really good time for me. Suddenly it was over, like that.

"That’s how it is in football."

The full interview with Lukasz is available in tonight’s Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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