By Chris Harris

Lukasz Fabianski intends to fight Wojciech Szczesny every step of the way for a first-team spot this season.

The elder of Arsenal's two Polish keepers earned a run in the side in 2010/11 but the shoulder injury he suffered in January gave Szczesny a chance to stake his claim for the No 1 role.

The 21-year-old did enough to keep his place when Fabianski returned to fitness in pre-season and Szczesny's strong start to the new campaign has kept Fabianski on the bench for now.

The Polish duo plus Italian keeper Vito Mannone enjoy a healthy rivalry and Fabianski intends to win his place back soon.

"I am fighting hard, really hard," he told Arsenal Player. "Since we came back from Germany I can say I have been fully fit. Now I am ready to play.

"It has been a difficult time for me because I was No 1 last year and I lost it due to my injury. Now I am fit again but Wojciech is doing well.

"Of course I am not happy with my position because I want to be No 1 but I have to accept it and fight for it. I am fighting really hard to get where I was before."

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22 Aug 2011