By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says Lukasz Fabianski’s natural talent is coming out because he is starting to relax on the pitch.
The Polish goalkeeper had his critics after a handful of errors last sesaon but he has looked right at home between the posts since coming into the side for the injured Manuel Almunia.
Fabianski is expected to play his sixth successive match in the Premier League or Champions League when West Ham visit Emirates Stadium this weekend and Wenger believes that a run in the side has done wonders for the 25-year-old’s confidence.
“He always felt that if he could get a run of games, then he could show how good he is,” said the manager.
“He always felt it [his reputation] was only on one game and he felt under pressure to show how good he is in one game. Now he is a bit more relaxed.
“He’s louder than you think he is too. In the game, I am quite surprised how much he talks. He is what I call a natural goalkeeper, the rhythm of the game runs through his body. He smells what will happen. He is technically very gifted, after that every goalkeeper progresses and they blossom at 28 until 38.”
According to Wenger, Fabianski’s resurgence is further proof that confidence is a vital commodity in top-level football.
“Of course [the mistakes he made last season] affected him. The Porto game was very bad for him,” said the manager.
“The confidence problem is a very interesting subject in top-level sport. You feel it goes quickly and comes back slowly. If you are an established name and you make a mistake, then people say ‘you have had a bad day’. If you come into the team and you make a mistake people say you are not good enough. That’s a massive difference.”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