FA Cup hero Lukasz Fabianski has signed a pre-contract agreement with fellow Premier League side Swansea City, he will join the Welsh club for free when his deal expires with the Gunner next month.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper has largely played second fiddle to compatriot Wojciech Szczesny but is a big loss after his massive contributions in covering for the No.1, while he was instrumental in Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph this season.
The shot stopper managed 78 appearances during his seven years in north London, and transformed from ‘Flappyhandski’ into ‘Fabrilliantski’ over the last couple of seasons. He famously helped the Gunners to five straight wins in 2012/13, before injury struck…and not for the first time in his Arsenal career.
Fabianski will be remembered for his brilliant form leading to Arsenal’s FA Cup final, conceding three goals in the five matches leading to the Wembley fixture, including a man of the match performance against Liverpool and the two incredible penalty stops in the semi-final shootout.
Arsenal confirmed the news on their official website, releasing the following statement:
Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Lukasz for his contribution to the Club and to wish him well for his future career.
The Gunners did their best to keep the Poland international but unfortunately he was destined to leave. He’s been in the shadow of Szczesny for a number of years now and will continue struggle to oust the younger and better Pole. Luckily his heart in the mouth incident during the dying moments in the final didn’t cost us, he was able to lift the Cup and end his Arsenal career on a high.
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Good luck to Fabianski, he’s been a brilliant goalkeeper with an excellent attitude over the past couple of seasons.
Now…Time to sort a replacement.