Applauding Lukas Fabianski’s performance for Arsenal last night 0

There are a couple of positives for Arsenal to take out of last night’s defeat, and one of them was the performance of Lukas Fabianski. The Pole will leave The Emirates in the Summer, so it’s maybe not a genuine ‘positive for Arsenal’, but Fabianski really boosted his reputation in the Allianz Arena.

There’s no value in being contrary or pretending that Fabianski isn’t a second-choice goalkeeper for a reason, but do bear in mind that he hasn’t started a Premier League game all season and his only Champions League involvement has been in these last one-and-a-bit games.

To go from playing reserve team football to facing the continent’s best side in a marquee game must be incredibly difficult for a goalkeeper, and Fabianski really didn’t put a foot wrong in either of the two games. That takes some mental strength; you would have expected him to be jittery under the high-ball and for his decision-making to be very tentative - but not a bit of it.

The penalty-save and reaction to keep-out the rebound was obviously the high-point of the night for him, but his all-round contribution was very solid, and he also made an extremely good save from Mario Mandzukic earlier in the second-half.

Credit where it’s due - he showed good hands, he was committed to the decisions he did make, and he did everything he could to keep his side in the game.

He’s made mistakes in the past - bad ones - but he’s still only twenty-eight and someone will get a very capable goalkeeper next season.

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