After Arsenal released their list of free agent players the Polish keeper was absent; which appears to confirm rumours his contract runs until 2014.
Yesterday Arsenal made the rather unsurprising revelation that three of their senior players would be leaving the club when their respective contracts expired on June 30th.
The players in question were all widely expected to leave the club this summer.
Sebastien Squillaci has barely featured for Arsenal ever since arriving from Sevilla while Denilson has been out on loan at Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo for two season now; any suggestion of his return seemed long dead and buried. Andrey Arshavin was the other player in question and considering he was confirmed to be on his way out of the club in April by Arsene Wenger this was also no surprise.
But one name that was not featured was that of Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. The goalkeeper was widely expected to be coming toward the end of his current deal and with no official recognition of a new extension being agreed we have to ask; what is going on?
He signed a new deal in 2009; described as long-term but the official length of that deal was never fully disclosed.
It was believed to be a four-year arrangement that would have seen him staying at Arsenal until this summer but seeing as his name does not feature on the Premier League released players list one of two things has occurred.
One; usually reliable sources such as Transfermarkt have got their information wrong or; two; Arsenal gave him a contract extension.
He had broken back into the first team and in April there was considerable chit-chat that a deal may be about to be laid down on his table.
But it was also believed that as soon as he suffered another injury that deal was retracted. Therefore it was apparent that he would not be offered a new deal when he cracked a rib against Norwich City.
But the fact remains, by the looks of it, Fabianski will not be leaving Arsenal on a free transfer this season; regardless of the reasons.
That does not mean he won’t be leaving. Arsenal are after a new goalkeeper and Simon Mignolet’s agent Nico Vaesen confirmed today that he was likely to leave The Stadium of Light amid interest from The Gunners.
On top of that Fabianski is being linked with Besiktas as a replacement for Scotland international Allan McGregor who is intent on heading back to UK shores.
So Fabianski may yet leave Arsenal this summer … but at least they will recoup a fee for the Pole.
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