Lukasz Fabianski believes that the departure of Cesc Fabregas provides the perfect opportunity for Arsenal’s other midfielders to make their mark on the Premier League.
Recognising the importance of his former captain, the Polish stopper made clear that the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky were now integral cogs in the centre of the park and must take responsibility for providing ammunition for the attackers.
“Cesc was a massive player for us, he was always a player who was giving the final ball,” Fabianski told Arsenal Player.
“Now I think we have to split this between the other players; they have to take more responsibility on their shoulders.
“Jack [Wilshere], Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky, those players have to step up more and take that responsibility.
“We know that Cesc was a great player for us. Every single season he had about 20 assists and was scoring loads of goals as well so I think he will be a big miss, there’s no question about it. As well though, there are chances for other players to step up.”
One of the new players who will no doubt be vying for a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 17-year-old Southampton Academy graduate has been on the bench for all three of the Gunners competitive matches this term and according to Fabianski has the quality to make a difference in the short and long-term.
“You can see in training that he is a very talented player, he’s really good on the ball. Technically you can see that he has a great ability and I think he will be a great addition to the squad. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action.
“When I look at him in training he looks pretty decent. You can see that he is a really good player on the ball, he likes to play the passing game. That’s good for us and Arsenal. The way we play is a passing game so he’s a great addition.”
Fabregas’ departure has not only left a gaping hole in the midfield, but also forced Arsene Wenger to appoint a new club captain. Robin van Persie, previously deputy to the Spaniard, has since been handed the armband in a decision which Fabianski whole-heartedly supports.
“The one thing with Robin is that he really speaks his mind. He is never afraid of saying something to you and I think that is a positive thing about being a leader and a captain.
“He is a fantastic player, he really represents Arsenal well and I think the whole team listens when he speaks. He has big respect within the team and I think that is why he has been selected as captain.”