Jun 12

Wenger: “Fabianski could become the Premier League’s best”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Polish shot stopper Lukasz Fabianski could eventually become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Fabianski was replaced as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper by fellow Poland international Wojciech Szczesny in the 2010/11 season, and has since been unable to dislodge his compatriot.

The 27-year-old has previously admitted Wenger scuppered his plans to leave in the January transfer window, with the Frenchman adamant that Fabianski can become the ‘best’ if he puts his mind to it.

“Let me surprise you: Lukasz Fabianski could become the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, even better than Wojciech Szczesny”, claimed Wenger.

“He has incredible skills and dynamics. His problem is psychological – he relives his every mistake or moment not playing. I was hoping that the Euro 2012 Championships might help him; his injury is a great misfortune.”

Fabianski was named in Poland’s 26-man preliminary squad for Euro 2012 but had to pull out after injuring his shoulder in a training session.

With thanks to Matt from Gunners.com.pl for the translations.


24 Responses to “Wenger: “Fabianski could become the Premier League’s best””

  1. Alex says:

    Of course it’s psychological, especially knowing the manager picked an injured Szcz to play for 5 weeks instead of a fully fit Fab.

  2. Ben says:

    Wenger knows nothing about goalkeepers. Look at all the crap he has brought in? Talking through his Arse again. Totally delusional.

  3. KenZ says:

    Ben – Wenger brought in Lehmann and Szcz – so seriously mate, go do one, you mug!

  4. John Gee says:

    Ben, you really are a mug. I bet you were one of those clowns screaming “you dont know what you’re doing” and that Wenger should buy Schwarzer. AW knew that WS was only a few months away

  5. GunnerMacedonia says:

    he was good against man city and a few games after that. the main difference is that fab needed time to settle as no.1 keeper(still made some mistakes like on the andy carrol goal vs us at the emirates), whilst szchesney came in at old trafford, with strong believe and none could replace him ever since. in my opinion, wenger sees szhesney as no.1 for the future 10-15 years, fabianski will not get the playing time he may wish to, so the best option would be for him to go somewhere else, and us to sign a 35+ goalkeeper willing enough to be szchesney`s back-up.

  6. frankie frankie says:

    Wenger: “Fabianski could become the Premier League’s best” erm…. no he can’t.

  7. Sam says:

    Remember Wenger was the man who claimed that Almunia was England’s best goalkeeper and could one day play for England…

    Wenger is one of the best talent-spotters in world football, but less so with goalkeepers… and when he talks about his OWN players through the media he is rarely giving an honest opinion. More likely he is sending the player a public message to boost their confidence and motivation.

  8. Stround Green Road Boy says:

    Unbelievable. How many times does he need to see a player f*** up before the penny drops. It’s all about ‘I’m right and everyone else is wrong’ with Wenger. He’ll never change, nothing penetrates his massive ego and we’ll continue to decline until he goes.

  9. Laurence Wright says:

    Sport is a significant percentage psycological, in fact if you look at the top players in any sport the difference is in the head!!! They are all human, with similar physical attributes, it is no coincedence that the top sportsman out there are those that can combine the two. Scezny is fearless and he has good ability, joe hart, peter schmeical, they were all strong mental charcters.

  10. RVPJohnny says:

    Fabianski is to small for a goalkeeper. He’s not built for purpose

  11. geeGunner says:

    frankie frankie says:
    June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    i remember the whole world laughing at wenger when he said we can go whole season unbeaten – think wengers still laughing!!

  12. rryan says:

    seaman, leahman and then almunia…… u havin a laugh arsene! sez has a great potential but far from the world class just yet.

  13. Phil says:

    i believe this too. fabainski is a very good keeper but lacks confidence. if he left arsenal and played first 1st for a different club he will gain the attitubes that he lacks and will become the best around

  14. Neal says:

    Well Fabianski always did well when he had a run of games in the team, which leads me to agree with Wenger on this one.

    He’s a confidence player, and the more he played, the better he got. Unfortunately, he can’t get the confidence up when he’s playing the odd Carling Cup game here and there.

  15. Mark says:

    He’s the worst keeper in the prem followed by Almunia

  16. gunner17 says:

    i actually think fabianski can be a better keeper than szczesny.

    szczesny is guite gobby, but that’s not always good. sometimes his bravado hides immaturity and weakness.

    fabianski’s more mature.

  17. gunner17 says:

    szczesny is the nicklas bendtner of goalkeepers. more gob than anything else.

  18. Flabber says:


    Lol Szczesny’s confidence to talent ratio is on par with Bendtners!

  19. terrificgunner says:

    Wenger once said his aluminium keeper could play for england. right?

  20. Aj says:

    I see Wenger’s turned his hand to stand up comedy.

  21. Old Gooner says:

    Wenger is deluded clearly, this guy is a liability as we have seen many many times.

  22. raisonar says:

    haven’t yet seen a top notch Gk who is mentally weak…..don’t see fabianski anywhere near that league, but if fabianski could counter this physiological barriers he could easily make a carrier in top half club
    but i see wenger’s comments more of a case of hyping him up to attract a buyer for him

  23. Harry says:

    @raisonar you’re spot on there mate

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