By Chris Harris
Lukasz Fabianski's Arsenal career has already had its fair share of peaks and troughs but the Polish keeper is trying to take it all in his stride.
Criticised for a handful of errors last season, Fabianski turned heads with a string of solid displays after stepping in for the injured Manuel Almunia in late September.
A man-of-the-match performance at Manchester City has been the highlight of Fabianski's recent run in the side but he did slip up against Newcastle on Sunday, losing out to Andy Carroll in the air as the striker headed the winner.
Criticism was aired for Fabianski after that game but the 25-year-old has a simple philosophy: he doesn't get carried away when things are going well and he doesn't get carried away when they are not.
"Yes, I think that is really important if you want to keep your feet on the ground," Fabianski told Arsenal.com before the weekend.
"In football, in life, you always have moments when things are going well and when things are going bad. You cannot be affected by that, you just have to stay focused and believe in yourself.
"I don't want to get over-excited, I just want to keep working hard and help the team as much as I can. That's it."
Arsène Wenger pointed out recently that Fabianski would show his best form once he had regained his confidence following last season's setbacks. The keeper agrees.
"Confidence is a big deal, it's a massive deal," he said. "There is no question about that. Sometimes even if you are not good technically the confidence can give you more. I think there are some examples of some players who did not have fantastic technique or were physically strong but they were really confident and they could achieve a lot because of that.
"I think it is one of the most, if not the most important thing, in being a football player."Copyright 2014 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 9 Nov 2010