Wenger has faith in ‘world class’ Fab

Fabianski is set to get a chance to win over the critics tonight as

Wenger rotates his team for the third-round clash at White Hart

Lane Fabianski – who conceded five goals on his last appearance at

Tottenham in the Carling Cup semi-final two years ago – has stood

in for Manuel Almunia at all levels since arriving from Legia

Warsaw during May 2007. Despite a number of high-profile errors –

including in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea on a

birthday to forget at Wembley and also in the Champions League away

to Porto last season – the young Pole continues to keep the faith

of his manager. “I am personally convinced he is a world-class

goalkeeper, potentially, and of course when you have that potential

you want to transfer that into competitive games,” Wenger told

Arsenal TV Online. “I can only give him the opportunity to give him

games to show what I believe about how good he is. “I believe he

has a very strong attitude, very strong response and he works very

hard in training, so he has an opportunity to show his massive

talent. “I have massive faith in him and I think I have shown this

historically. I am convinced he will become a great goalkeeper. “We

live in a world where if you have an opportunity you have to take

it. You will get a second one, but you will not get 10 – and that

is part of our job.” With Tottenham also now competing in the

Champions League, Harry Redknapp will utilise his entire squad in

an aim to protect player fitness. As well as Fabianski, Johan

Djourou, Emmanuel Eboue, Kieran Gibbs and Mexican striker Carlos

Vela are all set to feature having been unused substitute at

Sunderland, but the tie will also be an opportunity for youngsters

like Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Wenger – who faces a possible touchline

ban after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association

following his reaction to Sunderland’s stoppage-time equaliser at

the Stadium of Light on Saturday – believes the 19-year-old forward

has a bright future at Arsenal having picked up some valuable

first-team experience last season during loan spells at Blackpool

and Doncaster. “Jay has class – class to give the ball, class to

finish, class to pass people,” Wenger declared. “I believe he can

play against anybody and score goals, but then again you must earn

your place and on a daily basis he must show you have the hunger

and quality. “He has the needed quality without a doubt. I am

confident that if he gets an opportunity he will show that.”

Gunners skipper Cesc Fabregas, meanwhile, hopes he could recover

from a hamstring problem picked up when scoring a freak goal at

Sunderland in time for the Premier League trip to Chelsea on

October 3.