'Luckily I guessed it right' - Arsenal hero admits never seeing Wigan pair take penalty

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Lukasz Fabianski has admitted he had no idea which direction Gary Caldwell or Jack Collison would go in the penalty shoot-out yesterday.

There is very little doubting that Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero of the day for Arsenal yesterday evening.

The Polish stopper, who looks set to leave for Schalke 04 on a free transfer in the summer, was given the chance to play in the semi-final by Arsene Wenger - despite being number two to his compatriot Wojciech Szczesny in the goalkeeping line-up.

But Fabianski has featured throughout the club’s cup campaign this season and therefore Wenger stuck by him today - to good avail.

Fab made two vital saves in the penalty shoot-out from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison - leaving Arsenal’s strikers to smash home from 12-yards and take The Gunners to the FA Cup Final.

But while modern technology and video access means most goalkeepers in the modern age end up sitting around watching hours of footage of different players striking from 12 yards Fabianski has spoken about his saves this weekend - admitting that essentially he got lucky:

"We got some guys at the club who prepare all the possible players who could take the penalties, but I didn't see any of (Jack) Collison and (Gary) Caldwell, but luckily I guessed it right."

For the Pole it means little regarding his Arsenal career. He has made it clear that he will be leaving the club in the summer in search of regular first-team football - but there are those even wondering whether Arsene Wenger has the wrong Pole between the posts on a regular basis.

Fabianski is now surely set to start the Wembley final against either Hull City or Sheffield United - and it will present one last opportunity to put himself in the shop window for the summer.

Another performance like today and it may be more than Schalke clawing at his feet, pen in hand.

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