Which Arsenal player earned himself a Bundesliga transfer last night?


Did Lukasz Fabianski do enough against Bayern Munich to earn himself a new deal in Germany next season?

Arsenal are out of the Champions League after a second round tie of undoubted last year parallels ended in the same fashion - dumped out of at the Allianz Arena by the team who look likely to go on and win the whole competition.

There was also one glaring similarity in this tie to that of last year - the man keeping sticks for The Gunners.

Lukasz Fabianski deputised for fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny last night - just like he did a year ago in the same tie.

Back then he was brought into the fold as the number one stopper was in poor form and needed a wake-up call from Wenger - this time it was a forced decision, after Szczesny’s red-card against Bayern in the first leg.

But one thing that stayed the same from a year ago was the level of Fabianski’s performance - he was pretty good.

In fact WhoScored.com had him down as their man of the match for the game - and while his distribution was off he was in top form everywhere else.

Quick off his line, safe hands and a magnificent double save from a Thomas Muller penalty - Fabianski deserves the credit he is getting this morning.

But was there a motivation behind his excellent performance?

Essentially Fabianski is now in the shop window - after he made these statements in February:

"I want to be number one in the club and in the Polish national team. I have learned a lot at London during very positive and challenging periods. With biggest respect to this great club, I didn't accept the extension offer as I am looking forward to a new challenge in England or abroad."

Arsene Wenger later confirmed he could be on his way - with his contract expiring in the summer the issue was essentially out of his hands.

Since then Fabianski has been linked heavily with a move to the Bundesliga - with Schalke 04 said to be particulary interested.

But with Szczesny set to come back into the team, the number two had last night to put his name on the lips of managing directors up and down the Bundesliga and beyond.

And he might have just earned himself a lucrative move with last nights performance.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch