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Szczesny: Fabianski deserves to play in FA Cup final for Arsenal

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojceich Szczesny has admitted his fellow Polish stopper Lukasz Fabianski deserves to play in the FA Cup final for the Gunners.

The 24-year-old Polish international goalkeeper has kept his elder compatriot Lukasz Fabianski out of the starting XI at Arsenal since breaking into the first-team and emerging as the No.1 choice between the sticks at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger back in 2011.

The younger of the two Polish nationals has however admitted his teammate deserves to play in the FA Cup final at Wembley later this month after getting the Gunners through the competition thus far in fine form.

Wenger has suggested that Fabianski will be his preferred choice for the final and that the French coach’s decision had been made some time ago, despite the fact 29-year-old Fabianski will likely leave the North London club this summer on a free transfer when his contract expires after seven years with Arsenal.

"I speak with Lukasz but I haven't spoken to the boss about it," said Szczesny.

"There's no banter [with Lukasz]. Look, we're both professional and we would both love to play in the Cup final.”

"It's the boss's decision to make, not an easy one, because there is a No1 at the club and a goalkeeper who is the reason we are in the FA Cup final. I think Lukasz has done so well that he deserves to play but, having said that, I'm a professional and I would love to play in the Cup final," he added.

Fabianski pulled off a number of superb stops against Wigan in the semi-final which the Gunners won 4-2 on penalties, saving Jack Collison and Gary Caldwell’s spot kicks which ultimately settled the match after extra-time.

He had less perhaps to do against Everton in the quarter-final, but he kept the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at bay in the fifth-round meeting with Liverpool that Arsenal won 2-1 at the Emirates, and kept a clean sheet in their 4-0 victory over Coventry in the fourth-round after keeping a clean sheet against Tottenham in their 2-0 win previously.

Based on that, the elder Pole appears to have earned his place in the starting XI at Wembley.

However, as the out-and-out No.1 goalkeeper, Szczesny may be the better suited to such a high profile tie, but the manager has clearly made his mind up long ago and I suspect that Wojceich Szczesny is both aware and understanding of this. That would certainly appear to be the case, given his recent comments.

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