JACK WILSHERE thought that Lukasz Fabianski showed his class against Arsenal last night - a year after the club dumped him for nothing.

The Polish keeper spent seven seasons mostly warming the bench for the Gunners before leaving for Swansea last summer on a free transfer.

But Fabianski showed the Emirates faithful what they were missing with a string of fine saves to help the Swans to a 1-0 win.

Wilshere, who came on in the 67th minute, was impressed by his performance and said: "When he was at Arsenal you could always tell that he was going to be special.

"I played with him for two years and sometimes with him it was maybe a little bit mental but it seems like he's sorted that out and he's a top-class goalkeeper.

"Luckily for them he was on form tonight."

Wilshere added: "I thought Fabianski was brilliant. In the second half we did create a few chances that we should be scoring but Fabianski was there and he's been fantastic for them this year.

"I'm happy for him - he's been my friend for a good number of years while we were at Arsenal.

"He's grown as a player and seems to be growing as a person as well, and I'm happy for him."

Arsenal now face a battle to secure an automatic place in next season's Champions League.

They face fourth-placed Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday in what promises to be a hugely important clash.

Arsene Wenger's men pulled off a shock FA Cup win at the Theatre of Dreams earlier in the season and Wilshere is confident of success.

He said: "We've been there in the FA Cup this season and won, so we know what it takes.

"Our confidence will be high going there but we've got to perform. It's no good just going there thinking that we can beat them again because we've beaten them before.

"We've got to put in a performance, work hard and earn the right to win."

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