Following his error-strewn performance in Saturday's home defeat to West Brom, Arsenal may have felt a tad relieved yesterday upon hearing the news that goalkeeper Manuel Almunia had been ruled out of this evening's match at Partizan Belgrade with an elbow injury. For about two seconds, at least.
For whenever Almunia doesn't play, Arsene Wenger's answer to the perennial custodian question is Poland's finest, Lukasz Fabianski.
The same Fabianski who, on his last Champions League appearance against Porto in February, scooped a low cross into his own net before picking up a backpass and then arguing with the referee as Ruben Micael scored the quick free-kick.
The same Fabianski whose costly errors against Wigan and Blackburn in the final four games of last season put Arsenal's hopes of avoiding a Champions League play-off in serious jeopardy.
And yes, the same Fabianski who just last week let Robbie Keane's shot slip through his limp-wristed attempt to save it to see Tottenham equalise in their Carling Cup tie just after half-time.
Seeing him take to the field is like watching the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan for the umpteenth time, cringing in expectation of the certain doom that awaits once the boats hit the shore. The heart swells with empathy, but you can't wait to watch the horror unfold before your eyes once more.
Still, Wenger is happy to hand the 25-year-old the opportunity to put the record straight by proving he is a good keeper in Serbia tonight, mostly because his stubborn refusal to spend any of the clubs' record profits on an adequate replacement.
"For Fabianski, it is another big chance," said Wenger, "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."
Most Gunners fans would conclude that Fabianski has already had more than enough chances, and spurned every single one. After all, this is not one of Wenger's latest crop of fresh-faced, pre-pubescent prospects. This is a man in his mid-20s who has played well over a dozen times for his country.
The keeper is still young enough to rebuild his reputation (after all, David James has made a good career out of continually shattering and restoring his), but he can't be due too many more chances.
Paul Robinson, Heurelho Gomes, Scott Carson... these are all Premier League goalkeepers who have had to come back from the brink to restore trust in them after high profile mistakes shattered their confidence, a painful process Robert Green is going through right now.
Arsenal fans may be watching tonight's clash in Belgrade from behind the sofa, wondering why Wenger doesn't at least try out Vito Mannone, or even Fabianski's compatriot Wojciech Szczesny. With only one 'Z' in his name, Fabianski is not even as good at being Polish as the Gunners' fourth choice goalie.
But it will be Fabianski between the sticks, and as such they need to forget about his string of previous crimes and get behind their man, both tonight and for however long he deputises for Almunia. If Marlon King is allowed to get another chance, then surely they can give Fabianski one more shot.
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