By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants Wojciech Szczesny to relax and enjoy his first-team chance on Wednesday night.
The Polish goalkeeper garnered a big reputation on the strength of his loan spell with Brentford last season but he has been waiting in the wings at Emirates Stadium since the start of this campaign.
An injury to Manuel Almunia has given Lukasz Fabianski a chance to stake his claim in recent weeks - a chance he has taken with aplomb - but the 25-year-old Pole will make way for his 20-year-old compatriot at St. James' Park.
Wenger has high hopes for Szczesny but the manager insists his future does not rest on one Carling Cup tie.
"He can show he is a good keeper and I believe he is one but there again let’s not make stars before they have proven they are," said Wenger. "He has the talent, he has a good attitude and let’s see his performance in the games.
"You want of course a good performance but let’s not put him under too much pressure. Let’s let him enjoy the game and not speak about contracts.
"He’s a goalkeeper we rate, he knows he has been educated here, we want him to stay here and the only way I can show him that is by giving him a chance when it is possible. Tomorrow he gets that chance."Copyright 2017 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