After going out on a high at Arsenal, Lukasz Fabianksi is ready to establish himself as a first-choice Premier League goalkeeper at Swansea City.
Originally joining from Legia Warsaw in 2007, the 29-year-old spent his time with Arsenal as the backup to Manuel Almunia and later Wojciech Szczesny, often being restricted to cup outings during his seven seasons in North London.
Making 78 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side in that time, his final start for the Gunners proved a memorable one, as the Polish shot-stopper helped the club to their first piece of silverware since 2005, with a 3-2 extra-time victory over Hull City in the FA Cup final.
Now moving on to Swansea after the expiration of his contract, Fabianski has a prime chance to establish himself as the club’s number one following the departure of Michel Vorm to Tottenham Hotspur, but is still maintaining a level head as the new season draws near.
‘It was time to move on and look for the right challenge and the right club. And I did find that with Swansea,’ he told FourFourTwo.
‘I knew the club very well before deciding to join Swansea. I liked the philosophy and way they approach and play football over here a lot. It was important for me to join a club with a top setup and a top manager.
‘I will give my best to make sure the team reaches the given targets. My personal target is clear: I want to become the No.1 goalkeeper at Swansea.
‘Competition is part of the game and it only makes everyone better; myself and the others also, but I want to become No.1 for the club.’
With his main competition being German Gerhard Tremmel, Fabianski looks in pole position to claim the starting job, as the Welsh outfit bid to improve upon last season’s 12th place finish.
Aiming to become the top Premier League keeper he first set out to be upon his arrival in England, Fabianski’s time at Arsenal may have been marred by the odd blunder, but the 21-times capped international leaves to start a new chapter in his career with nothing but fond memories of his time at the club.
‘The FA Cup win was a huge success and with the reaction of the fans after this victory we could all feel how much it meant,’ he said.
I had seven great years at Arsenal and there will always be a special relationship to the supporters and the club.’
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