SADDENING: Another Very Important Arsenal Star Wants Summer Exit – NOT Sanga or Vermaelen.

The transfer window has been kicked wide open following the end of the Arsenal season and as usual a lot of players have been linked with a move to the Emirates as well as several other Arsenal stars being linked with a move out of the Emirates.

Reports are claiming that Gunners second choice goalkeeper; Lukasz Fabianski is set to snub Arsenal for another club in the Premier League.

Standard Sport understands the 29-year-old goalkeeper is in talks with a number of English teams having rejected all attempts by the Gunners to tie him to a new contract.

Fabianski is thought to have attracted interest from Swansea, Newcastle, Cardiff, West Ham and Leicester among other teams.

Queens Park Rangers are also believed to have expressed an interest on the proviso that they earn promotion by winning Saturday’s Championship Play-off Final against Derby.

Although Fabianski is open to a move abroad — clubs from France and Italy have asked to be kept informed of his demands — it is believed his preferred option is to remain in the Premier League and establish himself as a No1 once his current contract expires at the end of the month.

Fabianski joined Arsenal from Legia Warsaw for £2.1million in the summer of 2007 and through a combination of errors, injury and misfortune, he was unable to hold down a regular place at the club.

A series of mistakes in his  fleeting appearances earned him the unwanted moniker “Flappyhandski” but manager Arsene Wenger remained supportive. It was only when a shoulder injury in January 2011 forced his absence for the remainder of the season that Wojciech Szczesny proved himself the most likely successor to Manuel Almunia as the Gunners No1.

However, that subsequent spell out of the limelight proved useful with Wenger consistently praising his professionalism and when Szczesny was dropped in March 2013 after making several errors of his own, Fabianski kept a clean sheet at Bayern Munich and held down his place for three matches before injury enabled Szczesny to return to the starting line-up.

Fabianski’s consistency when called upon last season — although only making 11 appearances — ensured he started last weekend’s FA Cup Final against Hull, especially after saving penalties from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison in the semi-final shootout against Wigan.

Wenger was hopeful that display of loyalty would convince Fabianski to stay but the Polish international has reached an age where he wants to play regularly. He was told Szczesny would remain the club’s No1 next season, prompting a move away.

Speaking about his future earlier this week, Fabianski said:

“A little time will pass before the situation becomes clear. But I want to play every week and there are clubs that can give me the chance.

“One option is to stay in England but there are also international opportunities. One thing is certain: I will not be unemployed.”

It seems the 29-year-old made the FA Cup final match against Hull city at Wembley – his last for the North London outfit, and has already made up his mind about exiting the Emirates in the summer in search for more regular play time elsewhere.


  1. By dogbreath


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