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