After featuring in our last match of the season in the FA Cup final, Lukasz Fabianski decided his time at Arsenal had come to an end and moved to pastures new.
Since signing for Swansea City in the summer, the 30-year-old has featured 34 times and kept 12 cleans sheets. He’s getting regular playing time, which he wasn’t at Arsenal, where he played second-fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny.
Swansea manager, Garry Monk, has been speaking about what influenced Fabianski’s decision to leave and why this was the best decision for his career at the time.
“I don’t think Fab is one to have any regrets,” Monk said.
“He made his decision for the reasons that were right for him and there is no telling what kind of season he would have had if he’d stayed with Arsenal.
“It came to the point in his career where he wanted to try and push, it was important for him to get the opportunity to play regular football.
“I made it very clear that was not guaranteed, but he’s earned that right as well.
“Having seen him play and analysed him I knew if he came and committed to the work then he would be a very strong player for us.
“The talent he has, and the expertise he has, means he has laid down a marker for himself and for the other keepers here.
“The next challenge for him will be to do it again and do it even better. That will be the real test, to back it up with another strong season.”
“Lukasz has been truly fantastic and when I made a decision on bringing a keeper in last summer I wanted someone who could play with his feet and have good distribution,” he continued.
“Obviously, Fab has that but I also wanted someone who could command the box and be very confident as I was very conscious of the crossing element.”
“We did a study last summer about how teams attack and what were their biggest weapons and crosses were at the top of the list. It wasn’t that he might come here and fail – I just wanted him to come here and continue to do it.
“I think you have seen from this season he continuously comes and tries to help his defence. He punches, catches and I can’t really remember him dropping a cross. But even if that did happen, he is the type of character who would continue to be confident,” Monk added.
It’s hard to argue with this and, although he moved to another Premier League team, there’s absolutely no bad blood between Arsenal fans and the goalkeeper who sent us through to the FA Cup final.
We wish him all the best. Except on Monday night, when it would be nice if he could have a momentary lapse of judgement.