Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reckons that back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski can become the best stopper in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old spent last season as second fiddle to Gunners number one and fellow Pole Wojciech Sczcesny and missed out on a place in the Poland Euro 2012 squad.
Fabianski has previously his desire to leave the Emirates</a> in search of regular first-team football, but Wenger insists that if he stays with Arsenal, he can become the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.
“Let me surprise you: Lukasz Fabianski could become the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, even better than Wojciech Szczesny,” said Wenger.
“He has incredible skills and dynamics. His problem is psychological – he relives his every mistake or moment not playing. I was hoping that the Euro 2012 Championships might help him; his injury is a great misfortune.”
Fabianski was initially named in Poland’s 26-man preliminary squad for the European Championships but had to pull out after injuring his shoulder in a training session.
There has been one point in his Gunners career where Fabianski looked like he was going to establish himself at Wenger’s main keeper as a sting of outstanding performances, coupled with the abysmal form of Manuel Almunia, looked to be working in his favour.
However the emergence of Szczesny after his loan spell at Brentford proved to be the turning point for Fabianski, as his fellow countryman went on to show the confidence, talent and charisma that Arsenal had been searching for.
Previously dubbed as ‘FlappyHandski’, the Pole has been unfortunate with injuries and the form of Szczesny, and one has to wonder if his five-year tenure as a Gunner is about to come to an end.