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Wenger has confidence in Fabianski


Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has backed reserve keeper Lukasz Fabianski and the rest of his young Arsenal team to rise to the challenge when they take on Partizan Belgrade in what is set to be a highly-charged Champions League encounter in Serbia on Tuesday night.

The Gunners were shell-shocked by their home Barclays Premier League defeat to West Brom on Saturday, where they had trailed 3-0, and now must look to get their season back on track with a positive result in one of the most intimidating atmospheres in European football.

"The disappointment was very deep, but we can learn from what has happened to us," said Wenger.

"We realise that we need to be focused in every single game, produce performances in every single game and that is what I believe we have learnt from Saturday.

"I believe in the intelligence of my group players and I have no doubt in their talents.

"We will be highly motivated and will try to redress what was not right on Saturday."

Manuel Almunia - who made a number of errors - picked up an elbow injury in that game which opens the door for Fabianski tomorrow, with the Pole looking to take his chance with both hands rather than drop another clanger.

Wenger continued: "For Fabianski, it is another big chance - but you want a goalkeeper or any player to grab the chance when you get it.

"As a manager you can give a chance to a player who is good enough and I believe in his talent. He gets another opportunity to show how good he is. I want him to show how good he is.

"There is only one way to show confidence in a player and that is to put him on the pitch and give him his chance."