Role reversal! Southampton linked with signing Arsenal's Lukasz Fabianski

Usually the other way around, this time it is Southampton linked with signing an Arsenal player.

Southampton has proved a happy hunting ground for Arsenal in their transfer pursuits in recent years, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain two big success stories.

The Gunners have also been loosely linked with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in recent months, but the latest rumours have a star moving in the opposite direction, and there may be little they can do about it.

The player concerned is FA Cup hero Lukasz Fabianski, who helped win the semi-final penalty shootout against Wigan at the weekend.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb report that the Pole is a target for Southampton, who will attempt to sign him on a free transfer with his contract running out this June.

Fabianski, 28, is six years younger than current number one Artur Boruc, and more experienced than his deputy Paolo Gazzaniga.

When Fabianski came to Arsenal he really struggled to get to grips with the Premier League, making several high profile errors, but in the last three years he has really improved despite never managing to hold down the number one spot.

His penalty heroics against Wigan followed up a saved spot kick against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and there are fans who would like to see him given a run in the side ahead of Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsene Wenger recently commented that he was excited about Szczesny's development, and the likelihood is he will remain first choice, and Fabianski will have to walk away if he wants regular football.

Southampton face competition however. TMW report that Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Sevilla are all interested too.

Yet the Saints can offer him the chance to stay in England rather than uproot, and likely have a better chance of offering him their number one spot, rather than their rivals, who would be expected to use him as a back-up option.

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