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How do you solve a problem like Lukasz Fabianski?

The Pole is fit again but is his cracked rib one injury to many for Arsenal to offer him a new contract?

How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand? How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? Questions asked about ‘Maria’ in the Sound of Music but the poetic lyricism of Hammersteim and Rodgers could also apply to Premier League goalkeepers. Not just with obvious analogies of holding and catching seemingly uncatchable objects that is the job of a professional custodian.

But when it comes to some keepers; how do you hold on to the number one spot when the opportunity to impress comes along as fleetingly as a cloud or indeed a moonbeam.

For Lukasz Fabianski we are sure that has been a question he has pondered to himself on numerous occasions.

After a year of injury hell the Pole was called in to replace his compatriot Wojciech Szczesny; who had struggled for form in recent weeks and he went to the Allianz Arena and kept a clean sheet. The first man to do so in the 2012-13 season it immediately raised questions.

He then went on to have a good run of form in between the sticks; playing in four consecutive fixtures against Swansea, Reading, West Brom and Norwich City while keeping Szczesny sitting on the bench.

But that form could not stop his old ghosts from haunting him again as a collision with the post against The Canaries saw him crack a rib and rule him out indefinitely.

Since then Szczesny has come back in and taken the number one jersey on and in doing so recently showed off his trademark arrogance with comments of Tottenham lacking the quality to beat Arsenal. It seems his demotion has done little to shrink his disproportionately haughty attitude.

Fabianski is however now fit again and ready to play against Wigan on Tuesday night after recovering from his rib problem.

For Fabianski it is highly important he prove his fitness to Wenger as currently that is the only potential reason stopping the Arsenal gaffer from offering him a brand new contract extension to the one that expires this summer.

Wenger also faces a big decision; which Pole to go with against Wigan in an extremely important match at both the top and the bottom of the Premier League.

For Fabianski it might be one of his last chances to impress.

Who would you play? Szczesny or Fabianski?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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