Lukasz Fabianski says he’s got massive respect for Arsenal but while the game is on tomorrow he won’t be considering any of his former teammates friends.
The Polish stopper left on a free in the summer having picked up his first medal with the club after the 3-2 win over Hull in the FA Cup in May – and revealed that although Arsene Wenger wanted him to stay his mind was made up to leave.
“It was my decision to leave the club and I finished in a good way so we’ve all got massive respect towards each other,” he said.
“When I was coming to the end of my contract there were more intense conversations more often between me and the manager, but I had decided to leave and he really respected my decision.
“It was ups and downs for me at Arsenal, I played my part in some of the important games but had difficult times as well.
“It was a big step for me coming from Poland to jump into a massive club like Arsenal and it took a while to get used to the league.
“I didn’t play as much as I wanted and got injured as well, but overall it was a massive experience and I’m happy with the way I finished my career at Arsenal.”
And on facing his old club at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow, he said, “It’s a funny experience for me but it’s all about the game. Forget about friendships and the past, it’s about the present and I’ll be doing everything to help Swansea win the game.”
I think it’s fair to say everyone was happy with how his time at the club ended, but if he could pull one or two of these out of his locker tomorrow, that’d be nice.