It would be fair to say that neither Lukasz Fabiasnki or Gervinho come close to the top of the ‘What name am I going to get on my shirt?’ list.
Fabianski hadn’t played for a year since losing his place to Wojciech Szczesny, while Gervinho’s had more misses than Henry the Eighth. But after the pair played an important part in two confidence boosting away wins, Arsene Wenger has given props to both.
I know that Gervinho was under a lot of negative pressure because he missed chances and as well because I know how big that win was for us. He had the African Nations Cup and came back a little bit jaded but now I’m sure until the end of the season he will be a big force for us.
“He is sensitive – he needs the support. He wants to do well, he loves football – when he doesn’t score of course he is down.
“He gives us something different. He can dribble, he can provoke. Recently I felt he lacked confidence because when he got in front of goal you could see that it was not spontaneous. I hope that goal will give him a lot of confidence.”
“Fabianski put in outstanding performances in training but to transfer that to the game, under pressure, that is what you learn in competition. The problem for Fabianski is that he is 27 not 19.
“He is at an age where a goalkeeper needs to play. He wants to play. If you raise the question, ‘Is Szczesny happy?” then of course he is not happy when he doesn’t play. Every guy wants to play. They want to play in big clubs as well where there is big competition.
It remains to be seen how much impact both will have between now and May, but with Fabianski now in pole position (sorry) let’s hope his performances don’t give the manager any reason to bring back Szczesny.