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The Defining Moment That Saved Arsenal Flop’s Career

Since saving Cleo’s penalty for Partizan Belgrade, Emirates serial blunderer Lukasz Fabianski hasn’t looked back.

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[picappgallerysingle id=”9504487″]Before September 28th 2010, Lukasz Fabianski was still regularly referred to by Arsenal fans as “Flappyhandski”. Arsene Wenger continually made reference to the outstanding performances the Pole would have in training, but a serious of high profile errors in club matches had become a monkey on his back.

That evening, Partizan Belgrade faced Arsenal at home in the UEFA Champions League, and though star striker Cleo managed to score one penalty against the Gunners, he would not make it two. Fabianski pulled off a fabulous save to deny the Brazilian forward (who now holds a Serbian passport).

His reaction was passionate, a roar and a fist in the air. His team mates swarmed around him with their congratulations.

Since then, Fabianski hasn’t looked back. A series of excellent saves in the last few games have done wonders for his confidence, and he looks a completely different player. Arsenal’s defence is struggling to keep a clean sheet, but that is more down to the absence of Laurent Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen than the goalkeeper. Nevertheless, Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci are beginning to form an understanding, and conceded no goals – and few chances to Manchester City on Sunday.

Lukasz Fabianski is beginning to prove Wenger right – and everyone else wrong.

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