By Chris Harris
Lukasz Fabianski is staying positive as he waits for his chance to impress Arsène Wenger.
The Polish stopper has been restricted to four first-team appearances this season but he has impressed whenever called upon and could line up against Stoke City in the FA Cup on Sunday.
You could have forgiven the 24-year-old for feeling down in the dumps at the start of the campaign when an injury to Almunia coincided with his own two-month lay-off after knee surgery. Vito Mannone stepped into the first team and, by the time Fabianski was fully fit, so was Almunia.
That chance came and went but Fabianski, who signed a new contract last summer, is ready to take his next opportunity.
"The timing was bad for me [when Almunia was injured] and I could say that it should have been different but now I look at that very calmly. You have to make smart conclusions," he told Arsenal TV Online.
"I have had two years of great experience and even my bad injury helped me a lot. Some positives came out of the bad times and I was honestly surprised. I used that time really well because during that period I was at some stages really frustrated but then I changed my way of looking at the situation and at the end it made me a better person.
"It is really good to be in such a big club. I am still improving and that is a good thing. I signed a new contract and I feel really, really good here. For me it is important to fight for that first-team place.
"I am fighting really hard and it can take time to get there [to the No 1 spot] but when I get there I will really appreciate it because then it will be my time."
Fabianski was speaking to Arsenal TV Online's 'Spotlight' series.
Subscribers can now watch the full interview on TV Online and see Fabianski discuss:
- how he spent Christmas
- seeing his family
- how he has changed since he moved to England
- taking positives from the bad times
- the timing of his early-season injury
- signing a new contract
- fighting for the No 1 spot
- his highlights from last season
- his FA Cup experiences
- memories of his saves
- his love for basketball