Lukasz Fabianski has confirmed there have been times during his Arsenal career when he’s been desperate to move to a new club and admits he’ll be forced to assess his future again in January unless he gets game time.
Able to leave the club on a free at the end of this season, the Polish keeper revealed that talks with Arsene Wenger persuaded him to stay at the Emirates in the short-term, despite interest from several clubs during the transfer window.
“The boss recently talked to me about the situation,” Fabianski told przegladsportowy.pl.
“He said he wanted me to stay at the club and that if I worked just as before, I’d get my chance.
“All the time I fight for my place and I try to exert pressure. My mood is good and I believe I can do it, it’s just sometimes injuries have taken their toll.”
Conceding that he’s not always been upbeat about life in North London, Fabianski touched on two previous attempts to relocate prior to his country’s hosting of the European Championships last year.
“In the January window before EURO 2012, I was very desperate [to leave].
“In the following summer window I also tried to leave, but it was impossible to complete a transfer as I wasn’t able to play due to injury.”
Reflecting on whether his performances at the tail end of last season saw clubs come in for him he continued: “Yes [there was interest], from strong clubs in strong leagues.
“It all depends how this season turns out. If I’m not playing I’ll look for something else.”
Asked whether that decision could be taken as soon as January, he stated, “Yes.”
The Polish keeper, who signed for the Gunners from Legia Warsaw in 2007, also touched on how more time in the gym has helped him overcome his fitness problems in the last year with only ‘bad luck’ side-lining him at the tail end of last season.
“Last season, in one of the matches I fell on the knee of an opponent who was lying on the ground. I cracked a rib with full force. The injury wasn’t the result of negligence on my part, just bad luck.
“From the moment I injured my ankle [in October 2012], which kept me out for a long time, I changed the way I trained. I spend much more time in the gym working on strengthening all the muscle groups.
“As a result I’ve had no major problems with injuries…well, unless you count last season’s unfortunate event.”
For all his promising form last season, it’s hard to see Arsenal offering Fabianski a contract extension let alone a deal capable of competing with those likely to be on offer elsewhere.
Granted were he to force his way into the first team in the coming months and perform consistently that could change, but it does look as though the younger Wojciech Szczesny is ensconced as Arsene Wenger’s first choice.
As such it feels like his departure next summer is inevitable and a key reason why the boss sought out Emiliano Viviano on a deal which could be made permanent.
Life as a goalkeeper is tough, but you sense Fabianski at 28-years-old has the mentality and quality to avoid a Stuart-Taylor-like existence. He seems determined to play regularly at all costs and that will stand him in good stead. Good luck to him.