Lukas Fabianski will leave Arsenal in the summer despite being offered a new contract.
Arsenal’s number two keeper has told the Daily Star that he will be leaving Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires after rejecting a new deal as he wants to be number one.
It’s not really surprising but it will mean that Arsenal will need to hunt for another goalkeeper to bring in to the ranks with the remaining keepers, Viviano aside who is only on loan, all being youngsters. Damian Martinez, on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, has a big future ahead of him, but at still only 21 I’m not sure I can see Arsene Wenger promoting him to number two just yet.
Fabianski can consider himself very unfortunate. Despite a rocky start to his time at Arsenal he was, perhaps unfairly, kept out of the side by a very average Manuel Almunia. When he did finally lay down a marker for the number one spot with some impressive performances, injury struck, giving Wojciech Szczesny his chance.
“I want to be No.1 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.”
Fabianski will have no trouble finding a new club as he is an immensely talented keeper despite his reputation and it would have been easy for him to accept a deal and collect his wages every week knowing he wouldn’t be playing. Credit has to be given to him for wanting to actually play.
Still only 28, he has his best goalkeeping years ahead of him and I, for one, will be sorry to see him go.