Lukasz Fabianski has thanked Arsene Wenger for the chance to play throughout Arsenal’s FA Cup run even though he told the club in December that he planned to leave at the end of the season.
The Polish stopper, who confirmed a move to Swansea last week after seven years at the Emirates, also revealed that the boss didn’t give up hope of persuading the 29-year-old to pen a new deal even asking him to reconsider in the days after the Gunners Wembley triumph.
“In December I told them [Arsenal] I would leave in the summer,” Fabianski told UEFA.com.
“I would like to say thank you for the great behaviour of the coach and whole club. They knew I was leaving but they allowed me to play cup games till the end. Because of that, I had opportunity to play a very special goodbye game and to take part in the street celebrations the next day. I was so happy to see all those Arsenal fans.
“Even two days after the cup final, when I came to the training ground to say goodbye to all the Arsenal people, I was asked again whether it was my final decision because if I changed my mind they still wanted me to stay. It was an important gesture for me as it showed me I had gained respect from the boss and other people at Arsenal.”
Heavily linked with a move to Germany, Fabianski confirmed that the Bundesliga was a tempting destination but stressed that Swansea’s plans for the future were enough to persuade him to stay in the Premier League.
“I had four serious offers,” he said of interest in his signature. “When I decided to leave Arsenal, I also decided that I would only be interested in playing in England or Germany.
“Why Swansea? I think it is the best place for me to make progress. I like the way the club operate. They are building new facilities, they want to make their stadium bigger and they are consolidating their position in English football. I am really glad I will be part of this project – an important part, I hope.”
Nice chap. Best of luck to him at the Liberty Stadium.