In a season where Fabianski faces the sternest test of his Arsenal career for the number 1 shirt owing to the presence of other experienced goalkeepers, he has experienced his readiness to fight for the chance to be in the first team.
“I was at my best physically, and mentally as well,”
“I felt really confident, and still do.
“I put in a lot of work and changed my whole training schedule. I took care of my body in a totally different way and that helped me a lot – you could see that.
“I helped the team come back to a strong position and compete for a Champions League spot. Based on that, I don’t want to give up – I want to keep fighting for my place.
“It was frustrating [to get injured again]. It was not the first time it has happened to me that I’m getting a good run of games and then I lose my place through injury – not because of the fact I was bad. That is really frustrating for me. I want to get that place back.”
“It’s massive for me personally because I am getting older and I really want to play on a regular basis,” he said. “I want to be the No 1 keeper, that is my aim for the season.
“I want more games, I have been competing for a few years now to get that No 1 spot. I’m not going to lie, I really want it.”
This season will be his sternest as he has to stay fit as much as possible and will be battling two experienced goalkeepers, Szczesny and Viviano as against Mannone who was just a rookie. Fabianski is a good goalkeeper but he needs regular football to prove it. In previous season, even when not the first choice, he was automatic choice for the cup competitions when fit but this season, he will have to fend off competition from Italian Emiliano Viviano to have a chance of been in goal in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup. The chances are that the goalkeeper in the cup competitions would be seen as the understudy to Szczesny.
Having three experienced goalkeepers and the fierce competition existing amongst them will only work in Arsenal’s favour because they will have to stay on their toes as there’s no room for complacency.