Five clubs who could snap up Arsenal reserve goalkeeper


Lukasz Fabianski was the hero for the Gunners in their 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup at the weekend but there are suggestions he may move on.

If Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the brains behind Arsenal's 2-1 victory in the FA Cup over Liverpool, then Lukasz Fabianski most certainly represented the bravery to a crucial win which could reignite a season threatening to stall.

The Gunners more than rode their luck against Brendan Rodgers' side, who dominated for large periods of the contest, but managed to hold on in no small part to the stand-in shot-stopper's fantastic display between the sticks.

He made three particularly noteworthy saves to thwart Daniel Sturridge twice and fellow member of the 'SAS' in Luis Suarez.

His first save from Sturridge was perhaps the most crucial, getting down well to smother after Steven Gerrard had pierced the defence with a pass but his save from Suarez, low down with his right foot, became just as important.

It came just moments prior to what would ultimately prove a Lukas Podolski clincher, but it wasn't before one more telling touch saved his side's blushes once more.

Again, a ball through the heart of the defence - this time from Philippe Coutinho - found Sturridge, but in his attempts to round the Pole, he stuck out a hand and clawed the ball away magnificently.

It was a cameo designed to alert suitors, of whom he has many if newspaper reports are to be believed.

The Daily Mail are reporting that as many as five clubs, all in the Premier League, could be in the running for the out-of-contract 28-year-old's services this summer.

Here are the five teams that need him most and are likely to enter the chase for his signature during the close season.


Yes, the team he denied so vehemently with a fantastic performance on Sunday. Brad Jones in the opposite goal looked uncertain at times and has hardly proved a reliable deputy to Simon Mignolet.

Likewise, there are some Reds fans who believe the former Sunderland goalkeeper is struggling to buy into Brendan Rodgers' modus operandi of starting play from the back, something Fabianski has been schooled in at the Emirates.

The Pole has voiced his concerns at not playing enough first-team football and would want to take the No.1 jersey at Anfield but a move could provide the competition both Mignolet and Fabianski need at this stage of their careers.


The Saints have had to contend with Paolo Gazzaniga and the ageing Kelvin Davis as stopgap options in Artur Boruc's absence and the Pole has been missed.

But, equally, the 33-year-old has been as guilty as the reserve duo of making errors, with his most high-profile coming in a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal at the end of 2013.

With Gazzaniga and Davis' long-term futures far from secure, Mauricio Pochettino could do far worse than pick up the experienced Fabianski on a free.

Swansea City:

The Swans have suffered from Michel Vorm's absence between the posts, with the Dutchman undergoing knee surgery and has missed long periods of the campaign.

Gerhard Tremmel has stepped up admirably to fill the void left by Vorm, but there remain doubts as to whether or not he is a long-term fix. 

Only five teams have conceded more than Swansea's total of 36 this season and, while the defence must take their fair share of the blame, the need for a goalkeeper this summer is a pressing one for Garry Monk in his first transfer window as manager.

Norwich City:

The Canaries have one of the worst defensive records in the top flight. Indeed, only Cardiff City and Fulham have let in more goals than Chris Hughton's side and a shift in the goalkeeping department could be on the cards.

John Ruddy is no longer the presence in goal he once looked, appearing bereft of confidence behind such a charitable defence, while the reserve duo of Mark Bunn and Carlo Nash are hardly worthy of the No.1 spot in a Premier League side.

They could still go down, something which would surely influence the club's and Fabianski's thoughts on a move but he would represent a step up from the current goalkeeping roster at Carrow Road.

West Bromwich Albion:

Ben Foster has been plagued with injuries throughout his career and they have haunted them in the current campaign, with Boaz Myhill having to tow the last line of defence on regular occasions this term.

Myhill has not performed particularly badly during his stint in goal but there is an obvious need for reinforcements here given the only other alternative is the relatively untested Luke Daniels, even at the age of 26.

Fabianski represents a proven Premier League keeper as well as having international experience and could help boost confidence in a flagging Albion outfit, despite the relegation troubles they share with Norwich.

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