By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says he was right to stick by Lukasz Fabianski for the Manchester City game - because it allowed the Pole to put his Wigan woes behind him.
Fabianski was at fault for Wigan's equaliser at the DW Stadium two weeks ago but bounced back to keep a clean sheet against Roberto Mancini's team. The 25-year-old didn't have a lot to do last weekend but he made a few smart saves and his handling was assured throughout.
Wenger confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Fabianski would continue in goal against Blackburn on Monday and praised the Pole for his response to that Wigan set-back.
"I believe it was a good reaction and that's what you look for," said Wenger.
"The Wigan game was such a massive disappointment that you think it might be 'make or break' in the next game. Do you expose him by playing? Is it better not to play him to give him time to recover? I think it's always better to play straight away.
"He still has to show that he can be consistent. I know he has the talent and he has shown against Man City that he is mentally strong and that he can respond. Now the next target is for him to show that he can be consistent."
The injured Manuel Almunia has also come in for criticism this season and, predictably, Wenger has been linked with a number of keepers with the transfer window on the horizon. But Wenger insists a new keeper is not necessarily on his shopping list.
"Let people think and let me do," he said. "But it isn't an area that I necessarily want to strengthen. I don't want to come out before the season is finished and say what areas we want to strengthen."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