According to the Telegraph, Lukasz Fabianski has rejected fresh terms with the Gunners and will depart on a free transfer this summer.
The Polish goalkeeper’s current deal expires at the end of this season and has many admirers around Europe as he seeks regular gametime.
Compatriot Wojciech Szczesny remains Arsene Wenger’s number one, restricting Fabianski to cup competitions despite his obvious abilities between the sticks.
The Gunners have reportedly made one last ditch effort to secure his signature for next season with a new three-year deal worth around £50,000 a week, but Fabianski has rejected the offer to pursue a number one shirt elsewhere.
The 28-year-old has enjoyed a solid FA Cup run while also filling in for the suspended Szczesny against reigning European Champions Bayern Munich where he saved a Thomas Müller penalty late on to earn the Gunners a draw.
Apparently a host of respectable European clubs such as Sevilla, Villarreal, FC Basle and Schalke are interested in the Poland stopper, while a number of Premier League sides such as Swansea, Cardiff and Newcastle are also interested.
It is a shame to lose a player of such quality for free but Arsenal have done well to keep hold of him this season when it was obvious Szczesny would play majority of the campaign.
The Gunners will have no choice but to dip into the market this summer with Victor Valdes a possibility as he looks to leave the Nou Camp on a free also. We need someone with experience as on-loan ‘keeper Emiliano Viviano is yet to make his debut and will leave, meaning youngster Damián Martínez (21, currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday) will be the only backup shot stopper around at the end of this campaign.
Hopefully Fabianski will end his Arsenal career on a high and help take out the FA Cup, then we can part ways after a turbulent few years for the Pole.