Before Euro 2012 Lukasz Fabianski made it quite clear, on a number of occasions, that he wanted to leave Arsenal in order to play first team football.
However, in an interview with the official site, he seems to have backed away from that position and says he’s ready to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the number 1 spot.
Fabianski, who didn’t feature against FC Koln with Arsene Wenger choosing Szczesny and Vito Mannone as his keepers, told Arsenal Player, “It can change very quickly. From my own experiences I know that, so I am ready to step up. I feel confident that I am able to be No one. I am very happy, I must say.
“I had a little problem with my shoulder but so far everything has been going really well for me. I am happy with my fitness levels and the way I feel on the pitch.
“Pre-season is always a fresh start.”
The Polish stopper, who missed Euro 2012 with a shoulder injury (and would have played in the wake of Szczesny’s first game red card), also spoke about the new signings at the club, in particular Santi Cazorla.
“Santi? Amazing! To be honest with you during the first training session when we had a chance to see him, I think everyone was kind of shocked at his quality, the timing of his passing, everything is just great about him. I just hope he can cope physically with the Premier League.”
Fabianski will start the season as number 2 to Szczesny and probably the cup ‘keeper, and if he’s as determined as he says he is then it’ll be no harm to have some competition to keep the number 1 on his toes.