Arsene Wenger says he has faith in all three of his keeper options as he prepares to return Wojciech Szczesny to his Arsenal starting line-up.
Dropped following a downturn in form, the Gunners number one looks likely to start tonight’s showdown with Everton after a six-week spell on the sidelines following a rib injury to Lukasz Fabianski sustained in Saturday’s win over Norwich.
Having marshalled his defence to two clean sheets and five consecutive victories the older of the two Poles has cut an impressive figure between the sticks, although the boss maintains that Szczesny and third choice stopper Vito Mannone have also done well when called upon this season.
“I have total confidence, no matter who starts the game,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.
“In the past I have shown that, that I trust these players and trust that no matter who plays, they will show their quality.
“We have three good keepers. That’s been shown during the season. Everybody had the ability to show his quality and that’s what you want.”
Praising Fabianski for his contribution in recent weeks, the boss underlined that his absence this evening was not necessarily cut and dry, even though he did make clear yesterday that the 27-year-old was a big doubt.
“Fabianski’s reflexes, his positioning and his decision-making has been great,” said Wenger. “We will decide as late as possible [on his availability].”
“[Szczesny has responded] really well. He worked very hard and worked very well. I do not want to make a case of it before the game. He’s handling the situation very well and in a positive way.”