It was not too long ago that I made a review on Lukasz Fabianksi’s position at Arsenal and in that I stated that there were initial rumours going around that he would be looking to move on at the end of the season. But now it can be confirmed that he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. And now Olivier Giroud has dropped a hint that Tottenham keeper Hugo lloris, who is a good friend of his, would like to join Arsenal in the summer.
Fabianski joined Arsenal at in important stage of his developing career back in 2007 from Legia Warsaw. Fabianski left his homeland Poland for London, England in a move that I’m sure that looked very promising for him. What will be almost seven years down the line by the time he makes his move away from the Emirates; Fabianski has seen the majority of his career so far from the viewpoint of the subs bench in North London.
So far this season, Fabianski has only managed four appearances and although I personally I think that’s not too bad considering the high flying form of Wojciech Szczesny (excluding the last performance.) The Polish international has always been a rival of his international counterpart on the pitch as they have persistently battled for the number one spot ever since Alumina left a few years ago.
Szczesny was the one who came out on top overall, however it cannot be missed that Fabianski has made himself very valuable on many occasions of Szczesny’s development. All keepers have howlers, some of which are so consistent they eventually mean the player loses their place in the team and for a while that was the role Fabianski had, attaining the nickname Flappy Hand Ski in the meantime. Related as not having the most comfortable goalkeeping ability, Fabianski has on several occasions proved people wrong and I think that he is actually a relatively good goalkeeper. I wouldn’t suggest for one second he should be Arsenal’s number one, but on the back of things, he is a safe backup option to have and I think it will be an awful shame to have to lose him.
In a report that was reported by many news outlets including the Daily Star and ESPN, Fabianski stated:
“I want to be number one in the club and in the Polish national team. I have learned a lot at London during very positive and challenging periods. With biggest respect to this great club, I didn’t accept the extension offer as I am looking forward to a new challenge in England or abroad.”
As already mentioned I think it will be a shame to lose him because I felt he had what it took to remain as Arsenal’s backup option in goal, however of course I can understand he cannot be happy with his role, especially as he has spent so many years attempting to break into the first team. Although it’s a bit in advance, I’m sure we all wish the Polish international wherever he may go this summer and to be honest I wouldn’t be surprised to see him follow in the footsteps of Vito Mannone and be recognised as being a talent that was wasted at Arsenal.
If Giroud is right about Lloris and Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League, the Fr4ench keeper would be a great addition, but who would be number one, him or Szczesny?