Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has indicated that this is likely to be Lukasz Fabianski’s last season at the Emirates.
Lukasz Fabianski joined the club back in 2007 from Legia Warsaw, but the 28-year-old has failed to grab a regular place in the starting line-up during his stint so far. His career so far has been halted by inconsistent form and injuries alike. In fact his team mate Wojciech Szczesny has moved up the pecking order for both club and country and has established himself as the no.1 at the Emirates. Fabianski has already turned down a new contract by the club and is expected to leave this summer for free. The Polish custodian has recently impressed in his outing in the FA Cup against Liverpool and has already attracted interest from the likes of Schalke and Leicester City.
Arsene Wenger has now confirmed that this is likely to be Fabianski’s last season at the club as he looks for regular first team action next season.
“Of course it is a possibility that it is his last campaign with us. He wants to play somewhere. But if he changes his mind, my door is open.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Arsenal have already sold Vito Mannone earlier this season, who has now produced some wonderful performances for Sunderland in the past few months. Mannone, like Fabianski, failed to displace Szczesny in the starting line-up and Arsene Wenger feels that the Italian deserved to play regular first team football.
“I kept him here when he made a trial with me at the age of 16, and I decided to keep him here. That he makes a career now, I am extremely happy for him.
“I had a big problem here, it’s a nice problem to have, because I had three young goalkeepers, and all the three were top quality, with Szczesny, Fabianski and Mannone.
“At the end of the day I let Mannone go because he deserved to play somewhere.” – Wenger added.
Arsenal signed Emiliano Viviano on loan from Palermo earlier this summer and the 28-year-old will return to his club next season. This means the Gunners will now surely have to look to a new goalkeeper next season. At the start of this season Szczesny place in the side came under a lot of criticism, but the Polish international has improved by leaps and bounds this season and looks to finally fulfilling his immense potential. Arsene Wenger might opt for a more experienced goalkeeper in the summer, someone who can step in in the absence of Szczesny.