Saturday 20 January 2018

Monk: Fabianski happy at Swansea

Garry Monk believes Lukasz Fabianski, pictured, is enjoying life in Wales
Garry Monk believes Lukasz Fabianski, pictured, is enjoying life in Wales

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has no regrets about leaving the Gunners, according to his Swansea manager Garry Monk.

Fabianski is preparing for his first return to the Emirates Stadium on Monday with Arsenal chasing second spot in the Barclays Premier League and just three weeks away from meeting Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Poland international's last Arsenal appearance came in the FA Cup final victory over Hull 12 months ago but Fabianski then chose to leave on a free transfer and has since become Swansea's undisputed number one.

"I don't think Fab is one to have any regrets," Monk said.

"He made his decision for the reasons that were right for him and there is no telling what kind of season he would have had if he'd stayed with Arsenal.

"It came to the point in his career where he wanted to try and push, it was important for him to get the opportunity to play regular football.

"I made it very clear that was not guaranteed, but he's earned that right as well.

"Having seen him play and analysed him I knew if he came and committed to the work then he would be a very strong player for us.

"The talent he has, and the expertise he has, means he has laid down a marker for himself and for the other keepers here.

"The next challenge for him will be to do it again and do it even better. That will be the real test, to back it up with another strong season."

Fabianski had plenty of critics during his seven seasons at Arsenal where he made a total of 78 appearances, and was even labelled 'Flapianski' by some.

But the 30-year-old has played a huge part in Swansea's best-ever Premier League season - Monk's men head to north London in eighth place with a club record haul of 53 points - and even reclaimed the Poland number one jersey he lost during his time at Arsenal.

Fabianski has kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League and still has an outside chance of winning the Golden Glove for most shut-outs.

"Lukasz has been truly fantastic and when I made a decision on bringing a keeper in last summer I wanted someone who could play with his feet and have good distribution," Monk said.

"Obviously, Fab has that but I also wanted someone who could command the box and be very confident as I was very conscious of the crossing element.

"We did a study last summer about how teams attack and what were their biggest weapons and crosses were at the top of the list.

"It wasn't that he might come here and fail - I just wanted him to come here and continue to do it.

"I think you have seen from this season he continuously comes and tries to help his defence.

"He punches, catches and I can't really remember him dropping a cross.

"But even if that did happen, he is the type of character who would continue to be confident."

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