Lukas Fabianski has had a very up and down career at Arsenal, having signed from Legia Warsaw back in 2007. He has spent several seasons with Arsenal mainly featuring on the bench however he certainly has had his chances from time to time and on many occasions he has actually taken his chance but unfortunately for him, Wenger never sticks with him as soon as our first choice returns.
Fabianski has been second choice to Manuel Almunia (somehow) and fellow international team mate Wojciech Szczesny, and although I don’t quite understand how we managed to prefer Almunia to Fabianski, I do understand why Wenger continues to choose Szczesny over Fabianski, despite neither being the greatest of goalkeepers.
Fabianski has also had his fair share of injuries with Arsenal, some of which have prevented the 28 year old from continuing in a fine run of form for the Gunners and have ultimately in the end cost his starting eleven place in the team once again. Most recently this happened against Bayern Munich last season, in which he produced a fine display but unfortunately injury ruled him out. And now Fabianski is determined to come back fighting once again and told the media in an interview with Arsenal.com:
He said, “I helped the team come back to a strong position and compete for a Champions League spot. Based on that, I don’t want to give up – I want to keep fighting for my place. It was frustrating [to get injured again]. It was not the first time it has happened to me that I’m getting a good run of games and then I lose my place through injury – not because of the fact I was bad. That is really frustrating for me. I want to get that place back. It’s massive for me personally because I am getting older and I really want to play on a regular basis. I want to be the No 1 keeper, that is my aim for the season. I want more games, I have been competing for a few years now to get that No 1 spot. I’m not going to lie, I really want it.”
I personally don’t think Fabianski is a bad keeper and I was more than happy to keep him as the club’s number two. Although he makes the odd error, I think he has improved greatly in the last season especially but with his contract running out this summer and the signing of Emiliano Viviano, I think Fabianski’s time at the club could soon be coming to an end, despite his wishes to regain the number one spot!