Arsene Wenger insists that he didn’t intend to let Fabianski run down his contract and sign for Swansea City but instead wanted the Pole to stay and compete with compatriot Wojciech Szczesny for the number one spot. The goalkeeper joined the Welsh side in the summer after choosing to not extend his contract with Arsenal.
Fabianski joined Arsenal in 2007 from Polish side Legia Warsaw and had some ups and downs with the club. He was injured for long period during his time and when he was selected, his performances didn’t really inspire confidence. As you all know, Fabianski eventually lost his first team place to Szczesny and decided to quit Arsenal for regular first team football.
At 27, you can’t really gripe about him leaving the club. He may not have been everyone’s favorite but you can’t ignore the performances he put in our drought-ending FA Cup 2014 run especially in the semis.
Wenger told Arsenal.com:
I didn’t want to let him go, he was at the end of his contract. We didn’t sell the player but when you get to 27 or 28 and you’re not a regular first choice, you can understand that a player wants to go.
The manager also praised Sunday opponents Swansea City and expects a tough battle from Garry Monk’s men
They are a side who have always played well and they are stabilised in the Premier League. They have a way to play and when you go to Swansea you know you face a tough opponent.
Swansea are hard to beat and after what happened in mid-week it’s hard to see a win for Arsenal especially if Fabianski decides to put on a show. Speaking of the Swansea keeper, I wish him well but not on Sunday. I would be glad if he could take a leaf out of Don Vito’s book and gift us a goal or two.