Oct 12

Fabianski ponders January exit

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabiański believes he can overthrow his compatriot Wojciech Szczesny as the club’s no 1 shot stopper, but admits he will consider leaving the club in January if his situation doesn’t change.

Fabiański, 26, returned in the goal for the Gunners during the recent 3-1 Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury Town in what was his first appearance since January, when shoulder problems ruled him out for the remainder of last season.

The Polish international is still hurting after his aforementioned injury troubles, although remains adamant that he can win back his starting spot from highly-rated Szczesny in the coming months.

“That injury brought me back to the beginning. It hurts, because I was number 1 and I lost that place not through poor form but through injury, which didn’t let me play for 9 months. I have to fight from the beginning now and I think I can win it. Wojciech [Szczesny] wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for that incident in January. I can’t complain though, that’s football.”

However, Fabiański believes his Euro 2012 amibtions are being blighted by the lack of regular football, revealing he is prepared to look elsewhere in January if opportunities fail to arise soon.

“I know that if my situation doesn’t change by January, I will be thinking about it [leaving Arsenal]. I’d have to, because I want to go to the Euros. That’s the only way I can convince the national team coach – by playing well and regularly.

“I don’t want to think about this now, because we have couple of months until the transfer window. Until then all I can do is work hard in training and take the chances I get.”

Meanwhile, the former Legia Warsaw man doesn’t believe Arsenal should be worried about their future despite a poor start to the season, insisting that the north London giants will get their campaign back on track in the coming weeks.

“I think those kind of jokes are a bit overboard [Arsenal playing for survival]. We are going through a difficult spell, because a lot of key players have left. Of course it has an impact on our game. But I hope that with every week passed the team will be looking better and will be back on the right track”.

Translations via Bartosz Ciurski

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11 Responses to “Fabianski ponders January exit”

  1. athlon29 says:

    Another so-called professional player. If the things are not standing good, it’s to first option to leave the club and not to fight.. Anywaay, Vito deemed to be good in the summer and Martinez is also promising not to mention James Shea. So Lukasz you can go

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  2. James says:

    What’s the point in leaving if Szczesny is also first choice for Poland? Best to oust him from the Arsenal team. Anyway, he’s a donkey, good riddance.

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  3. Waleed Mirza says:

    Shame to see our ex-Number 1 keeper is not brave enough to fight for the position. A better option would be to show Wenger that he is better than Szczesny, as soon as Wenger gives him a chance. But neither can he wait for that opportunity, nor he can compete with Sczcesny. Pure shame!

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  4. Szcz says:

    How quickly people forget. Yes, Fabianski had his problems in the past – at least one major mistake per game is hardly the kind of form you’d expect from a keeper at a top-four club. He was lucky Wenger gave him a chance, but last season he took it. He was solid, admittedly not always spectacular, but at the time we hadn’t seen that from an Arsenal keeper for at least two years – and for a while the fans could (generally) feel comfortable seeing his name in the starting lineup because we could all see how hard he had worked to usurp Almunia and keep the number 1 shirt. He was desperately unlucky to then get a serious injury and lose his place to the so far excellent (and more flamboyant) Szczesny. I would hope that Fabianksi stays and we see some healthy competition between the two for the next couple of seasons, provided he can keep up the good form from last season.

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  5. gunner17 says:

    i like fabi, but players should think about their club before their country. international football is dead.

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  6. GunnerMacedonia says:

    just when he was settling for the no 1 shirt, he got injured. well sorry fabianski, but your case is not the only one. remember crag gordon, the sunderland gk that can not play a game because of his injury and mignolet`s good form? the guy is fabulous, he just has to take the chance given. that counts for you too fabianski, if you are a man, you will fight with might wojciech for the spot, and if you are a coward you will leave for a fucking championship side. just keep it quiet, how do you think szchesney felt when he was no.3 this time last year?

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  7. Gooner Jacko says:

    The only reason Almunia was our number 1 for the last 3 seasons was because of this clown.A terrible keeper.Its unbelieveable he is still at the club.But what do you expect from Wenger?.It took injuries to clown 1 and 2 for Wenger to finally pick Szczesny but it wasnt out of choice

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  8. billy york says:

    Let him go. sczensny all the way!!!

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  9. Jay says:

    Bye!

    & close the door on your way out.

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  10. steve says:

    thank god dont let the door hit you on the way out bye bye bye

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