Szczesny: Fabianski can challenge for Arsenal No.1 shirt

The Polish keeper has made the goalkeeping jersey his own this season but is wary of the threat his team-mate poses, hailing him as the best second-choice in the league

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has hailed the quality of his backup Lukasz Fabianski, claiming any dip in his own performances will see his position come under immediate threat.

The Polish keeper feels that Fabianski has the potential to usurp him as Arsene Wenger's number one choice, and because of this he will continue to develop his game.

The 22-year-old feels he needs to get a lot more experience in the side before he can cement his place as the first-choice for Arsenal.

“I think the quality of goalkeepers at the club is as good as anywhere in the country,” he told the club's official website.

“I believe Lukasz is the best No 2 in the country. Every time he goes in goal the team is confident he will do a good job, and to have someone like that behind you gives you a lot of motivation to work hard at the training ground.

“I know I have to be at my very best in every game because he is waiting to take my spot. It helps keep you sharp and to be at your very best.

“I am 22 years old and I don't think I am the established No 1; I still need to prove myself at this Club.

“If we have this conversation in a few years’ time and I have played 500 games, then I will feel established as the No 1. There is still a long way to go.”

The 22-year-old has been an ever-present in the side this season and has seen the highs and the lows of Arsenal's campaign, but claims that his penalty save against Udinese, which proved crucial in the Champion's League qualifying rounds, was one of the highlights of his career.

“It was probably the most important moment of my career, the most enjoyable for sure,” he explained. “When you think about it, we could have been out of the Champions League so it was a big moment.

“We didn't get very far in the competition but we had a good campaign. We enjoyed every single game, well maybe not away at Milan, but I think at the end of my career I will look back at it as one of the biggest moments for me."

Despite a largely inconsistent season, Arsenal find themselves third in the Premier League, and Szczesny has claimed that he hopes he can eradicate his own mistakes to improve next year.

“I had a bad spell at the beginning of the year, in January, when we lost three games to Swansea, Fulham and Manchester United - I wasn't at my very best,” he said.

“I can't explain what the reason was; I felt good and worked hard so I guess it was just one of those times when things don't go for you.

“I had a bad moment but I picked myself up and had a couple of good performances after that and I have been fine since.”