By Giuseppe Muro

The performance of Lukasz Fabianski against Partizan Belgrade on Tuesday proved what everyone within the Club always knew – that he has both the ability and mental strength to be top goalkeeper.

The Pole produced a commanding display that included a number of high-quality saves – including a late penalty stop from Cleo. Despite recent criticism, Kieran Gibbs, who gave away that spot-kick, believes Fabianski’s performance showed why the 25-year-old isn’t the type of person to shirk responsibility.

“He is a great speaker and he doesn’t hide away. I thought you saw his qualities tonight and he has shown great character,” said the full back.

“Saving the penalty was just as important as scoring a goal for us. I think he felt like he had a point to prove.

“We do feel for him [after the criticism he has had] because we know his quality and he has shown them tonight. That is why I think he expressed that after he had saved the penalty and all credit to him.

 “He is a great keeper or else he wouldn’t be here at Arsenal. I owe him a lot tonight although I can’t really remember much about [giving away] the penalty.

“He put in a great performance. That is what he is in the team to do.”

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