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Lukasz Fabianski: The start sets the tempo

Lukasz Fabianski

West Ham United goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski knows how important it is for his side to shrug off last weekend's defeat to Newcastle United.

The Hammers head to the stopper's former club Arsenal on Saturday evening looking to open their Premier League points haul for the campaign - something the No1 wants to do as quickly as possible.

With a run of games against the likes of Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to follow, Fabianski says getting points on the board as early as possible will be crucial.

Equally, the Poland international insists his side will not be daunted by their fixture list after ending the 2019/20 campaign on a positive note.

Read our in-depth preview on Saturday's game here

"A good start is always important because it sets the tempo for the rest of the season," he explained. "If you do that it's easier to build up your confidence, and to continue with good performances.

"So I think it's always important to make a good start and then just carry on for the whole season.

"We're always disappointed as a group of players when we lose and the bit we're not happy with was the performance last week.

"We all have this willingness to show that we are much better than we showed against Newcastle. That's a big motivation for us, to show that we are better."

Lukasz Fabianski in his Arsenal days
Lukasz Fabianski in his Arsenal days

Fabianski spent seven years with the Gunners after moving to the Premier League from his homeland at the age of 22, but he will have no room for sentiment when he steps out onto the pitch in north London.

"What's very important is to put in a good performance," he added, "The performance has to be better than we showed the previous week.

"That's the aim for us, we're going to play against a very good side who have been doing well at the end of the last season and the start of this, so it's going to be a big challenge but one we're looking forward to."