Lukas Fabianski has confirmed that he has turned down the offer of a contract extension at the Emirates and will look for a new challenge when he becomes a free agent in the summer.
The Pole, who plays second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny both at Arsenal and at international level, has long spoken of his desire for first team football and will no doubt have many suitors. At 28 he’s coming into his peak years and has already demonstrated that on his day he’s a very good keeper indeed.
The Daily Star quote Fabianski as saying, “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.”
Having watched Don Vito move to Sunderland and thrive as a first choice, it wouldn’t be surprising if a Premier League club offers Fabianski a chance. It’ll be interesting to see whether Arsene Wenger looks to bring in an experienced head, promotes Damien Martinez (currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday) or exercises his right to buy Emiliano Viviano permanently from Palermo.
For what it’s worth, the Daily Star also include a sensationalist take on Sagna rejecting a new deal, but seeing as that’s not backed up by quotes it’s not really worth anything.