‘It wasn’t good to see him go’ - Arsenal star on facing former team-mate

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has commented on facing Swansea City’s Lukasz Fabianski.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says it wasn’t good to see former team-mate and friend Lukasz Fabianski trade north London for Swansea City last summer.

The 29-year-old moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2007 but quickly found himself as an understudy to the more entrusted Szczesny in the Gunners’ goal.

It was an unfortunate situation for the Polish international as he proved on many occasions to have the sufficient ability to be a number one elsewhere and at a top level.

After seven seasons and just 32 Premier League appearances, Fabianski opted to wind down his contract in order to join the Gunners’ opponents this weekend.

His move to the Swans was backed by his Arsenal team-mates but fellow shot stopper Szczesny admits it was difficult to see his good friend depart the Emirates.

“Lukasz has always been an example to follow,” the 24-year-old explained to Arsenal.com. “From day one, he’s been very professional and very friendly with everyone at the club.

“It wasn’t good to see him go but he had a chance to play regularly in the Premier League and he took it, so he’s doing very well this season and I’m happy for him.

“When you’re no.2, you’re a bit frustrated but it never had any effect on my friendship with Lukasz. We have been very good friends for 10 years now. We respect each other and the competition we had but, most of all, we respect our friendship."

Fabianski has made nine Premier League appearances for the Swans this season, conceding ten goals and keeping an impressive four clean sheets.

He will be hoping to make an impression against his former side on Sunday - and a victory for the Welsh outfit will see them leapfrog their opponents and possibly move in to the top four.

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