Lukasz Fabianski has spoken about his early experiences as a young goalkeeper at Legia Warszawa and his rise to first choice at Arsenal.
The Pole was highly rated at his former club and his form earned him a move to the Gunners in 2007, but it took him a while to find his feet.
Fabianski says he was frustrated to be on the bench for so long at Arsenal and is now enjoying the chance to show everyone what he can do.
He said: "Three years almost always sitting on the bench was not enjoyable but now it's ok.
"When I was 20 I was different in the way of thinking. The first year when I was playing for Legia was amazing, a lot of things happened to me and my world changed completely.
"Maybe I was getting too excited when people were saying positive things about me but I've always been working with good coaches and [they] always worked with me not only on the goalkeeping side but also the mental preparation.
"I know people have questioned me and maybe some still do, but to be honest I was only focused on working hard and doing my job on the pitch. I always knew I had the ability to play at the top level. The players see me every day in training and know what I am able to do.
"I had the belief as well and [was always waiting] to get that chance, to play longer and at the moment it's alright. I don't want to get overexcited about it but I'm enjoying it."
Maybe I was getting too excited when people were saying positive things
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