Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has confirmed that he has declined a new contract with the north London club, and will depart this summer to gain regular first team football.
The 28-year-old has been with Arsenal for seven years and has developed into a more than capable shot stopper, however has been in the shadow of compatriot Wojciech Szczesny over the past few seasons.
He made a solid stake for a regular first team place last season when he played magnificently in Arsenal’s impressive season run-in, however as has often happened during his career in north London, injury struck and he has struggled to oust club No1 Szczesny since.
The Poland international has confirmed he has refused new terms offered by Arsene Wenger, and will look elsewhere this summer in a bid to challenge for a spot for his country.
The goalkeeper told Daily Star:
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.
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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 has made just four appearances this season to date, coming in both domestic cup competitions in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup. He is most likely set for a start against Liverpool in the FA Cup this weekend.
Although it will be a blow to lose the ‘keeper who has been incredibly committed to the Gunners cause, it is completely understandable for him to depart after continuing to remain second fiddle to Szczesny.
He’s come a long way from being known as Flappy-hand-ski to become a reliable shot stopper. Arsenal will have to dip into the market this summer to replace such a high level ‘keeper.
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