Swansea City‘s new No. 1 Lukasz Fabianski made the bold decision to leave Arsenal and move to South Wales for the start of new Premier League season. Fabianski spent the last couple of years playing second fiddle to fellow Polish international Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal. At the age of 29, Fabianski made the correct choice to move to Swansea and become first choice goalkeeper, considering Michel Vorm‘s sale to Tottenham Hotspur made the top spot vacant.
Fabianski signed for Swansea in late-May and made his competitive league debut in Swansea’s impressive 2-1 away win against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Saturday. He had a strong debut and will prove to be a very good acquisition for Gary Monk. Swansea may have surprised a few with their opening day result, but their performance on the day merited their 2-1 win.
With Arsenal’s recent arrival of the impressive Colombian World Cup star David Ospina, it justifies Fabianski’s decision to jump ship even more, as he would have surely been third choice behind Szczesny and Ospina respectively. Fabianski’s last game for Arsenal was the FA Cup Final, in which Arsenal won their first trophy for nine years. It was his first and last trophy success at the Gunners and he left the Emirates on a high.
Now at Swansea and being their first choice keeper, Fabianski should flourish with his new responsibility. It’s a move that is good for all parties and benefits both clubs involved. Fabianski joined fellow new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson in the starting eleven at Old Trafford, with the other new boys Bafetimbi Gomis and Jefferson Montero coming on as substitutes.
If Swansea can keep the spine of their squad intact and hang on to the influential skipper Ashley Williams, then there is no reason why the Swans can’t push on from their 12th place finish last time around.