Fabianski staying focused
Lukasz Fabianski is refusing to get carried away by his recent fine form and continues to think short-term.
Last Updated: 05/11/10 12:26pm
Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is refusing to get carried away by his recent fine form and continues to think short-term.
The Pole has deputised for the injured Manuel Almunia of late and has fared admirably in the Spaniard's absence.
He has grown in confidence with each passing game and has begun to justify the unwavering faith Arsene Wenger has displayed in his ability.
The Arsenal boss has always insisted that Fabianski had the potential to become a first-team regular and believes the 25-year-old is starting to showcase his true talent.
He has struggled in the past with some high-profile errors but, having rid himself of those mistakes, Fabianski is refusing to dwell on the past and claims his sole aim at present is to keep his place in the side for as long as possible.
"I always say my only thing is to keep working hard and try to play as best as I can, to try to help the team," he said.
"Of course I have been through a difficult period, but that is life, that is football.
"You have to just keep working hard and hopefully it will pay off."
On Wenger's backing, he added: "I think the reason maybe the manager said it was because he saw every day in the training ground. Maybe he had a reason to say that.
"Even when there was a difficult time for me I was always focused on my job or I was always working hard. That is the only way I think you can achieve something.
"I just want to stay focused. That is the main thing for me, to keep working hard.
"If there is a possibility to play, I will just try to play as best I can."
Fabianski's last outing came during Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, and despite being unable to help the Gunners pick up a positive result in Ukraine he believes Wenger's men remain well on course in the UEFA Champions League.
"We are in a really good position, a strong position. We will be playing again at home so we have to take advantage of that," he said.
"It would have been much better if we had at least drawn the game in Donetsk, but it didn't happen.
"We have two more games and we have to do everything to win those. We have to be focused, that's the main thing."