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Feb, 17, 2010

Wenger voices confidence in Fabianski

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger he has full faith in the ability Lukasz Fabianski to replace injured goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in Wednesday night's UEFA Champions League last 16 tie with Porto.

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Almunia, Wenger's regular No.1, has been ruled out of the first leg, away at the Estadio do Dragao, with a finger injury, meaning Fabianski will make a rare start.

The 24-year-old was sidelined with a knee injury at the beginning of the season and has made just five starts during the campaign. But Wenger has full confidence in the Polish goalkeeper.

"I believe that Fabianski is top, top level and has massive potential," said Wenger. "It is not easy for a keeper to come in and out.

"What he misses at the moment is the number of games, but I have no doubt about his potential."

In addition to Almunia, the Gunners are also without defender William Gallas (back), midfielder Alex Song (knee), Andrei Arshavin (hamstring) and striker Eduardo (hamstring).

Arsenal were already without Robin van Persie, Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou due to long-standing problems, but they have at least welcomed forward Carlos Vela back into the side.

Sol Campbell looks set to make a first Champions League appearance since the 2006 final defeat to Barcelona.

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