Lukasz Fabianski is not prepared to give up hope of establishing himself as Arsenal's No.1 once more.

The Polish shot-stopper has been ousted as Arsene Wenger's first-choice custodian by compatriot Wojciech Szczesny following a seven month layoff.

Szczesny has impressed all and sundry with his performances for the Gunners, and looks unlikely to relinquish his role any time soon.

Fabianski, meanwhile, is having to get used to life on the Arsenal bench, while he has been restricted to only Carling Cup appearances.

The 26-year-old knows that the current situation is far from ideal for his career progression, but he is ready to fight for a more regular place.

"Of course, not playing doesn’t make me happy. I want to play, that’s my goal," Fabianski told "But sometimes you have to be patient.

"I am just fighting, fighting [for my chance]. If there is an opportunity I want to play as well as I can and help the team. We will see what happens.

"I am just focused on the game and of course it is hard for the keepers, especially for me as I was out for a long time, more than seven months.

"I am coming back from the injury and for the keepers the most important thing is to play regularly. Then you can build up your confidence.

"I am just trying to take every single opportunity to show that I am deserving my chance."

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