Arsene Wenger delivers Wojciech Szczesny snub

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal against Everton in tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final against Everton at the Emirates, despite Wojciech Szczesny being suspended for the following clash with Bayern Munich.

Fabianski has been ever-present in the FA Cup for Arsenal so far this season, breaking the shackles of being Szczesny's regular back-up in a storming performance against Liverpool in the last round.

Szczesny normally makes way for his national and club colleague in the tournament but is unavailable for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern on Tuesday night, paving the way for potential rotation the competition.

Wenger has poured scorn on those suggestions though, making it clear that Fabianski will be trusted to start in both matches beginning with a bid to reach Wembley for the first time since 2011.

He told the club's official website when asked about that dilemma: "No he will play tomorrow, [Fabianski], he needs games and he will play.

The FA Cup represents Arsenal's strongest chance of lifting silverware this season, particularly given the 2-0 deficit the Gunners are faced with overturning against Bayern on Tuesday night.

Szczesny will now not play until next weekend's North London derby, but the Gunners facing a testing run of fixtures on three fronts Fabianski must fancy his chances of featuring consistently before the close of the campaign.

Despite being a reliable cover the 28-year-old looks likely to leave the Emirates this summer, in search of a number one spot at a leading European club.

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