By Giuseppe Muro

Lukasz Fabianski says he is ready to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for Arsenal’s No 1 shirt this season after returning from injury against FC Cologne at the weekend.

The elder of the two Polish goalkeepers at the Club established himself as Arsène Wenger’s first-choice last season before a shoulder injury in January kept him on the sidelines for the back end of the campaign. In his absence, Szczesny made the position his own.

Fabianski got 20 minutes under his belt to mark his return to action on Saturday and has now set his sights on competing with his fellow countryman and Vito Mannone for a place between the posts.

“That is my aim and I will do everything that I can to be the No 1,” he told Arsenal Player. "In my shoulder and in myself, I am feeling stronger than I was before.

"I am very happy that I am finally fit and I could play a part of the game against Cologne. I am pleased with my fitness level and hopefully it will keep improving.

"Hopefully nothing will come up in the next few weeks and I will be ready for the competition that we have."

The full interview with Lukasz is now available on Arsenal Player. He discusses: his return to fitness, how his shoulder feels, when he returned to full training, the friendly win over Cologne and new signing Gervinho.

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25 Jul 2011