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Lukasz Fabianski

Lukasz Fabianski Profile

Born April 18, 1985
Kostrzyn Nad Odra, Poland
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 21
Previous Club(s) Lech Poznan, Legia Warsaw
Arsenal Debut September 25, 2007

Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski reminded supporters of his quality after returning from injury in March 2013.

The shot-stopper, now in his seventh season with the Gunners, found his opportunities limited due to a knee injury but was drafted into the side for the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg clash against Bayern Munich. Lukasz performed superbly in the Allianz Arena, making some fine saves as Arsenal eventually won 2-0, and retained his place for a victory by the same scoreline at Swansea. Further good performances followed in wins over Reading, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City, before another fitness setback ended his season prematurely.

He claimed a 100 per cent record in his five appearances, and once again demonstrated he is a serious contender for the number one goalkeeping position when fit. His clean sheet ratio is better than one in every three appearances.

Quick across the ground and boasting fine reflexes and accurate distribution, Lukasz fits perfectly into the ‘sweeper-keeper’ model long preferred by Arsenal’s coaching staff. He joined the Club from Legia Warsaw in July 2007, having been named the best ‘keeper in Poland’s top flight for two consecutive seasons.

He graduated from the MSP Szamotuly academy, a famous production line of outstanding goalkeepers, and won his first full international cap in 2006. He has now made more than 20 senior appearances for his country, but was disappointed to miss out on Euro 2012 – in his home nation – through injury.

Lukasz Fabianski's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007-2008 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 8 0
2008-2009 5 + 1 0 2 + 1 0 6 0 3 0 16 + 2 0
2009-2010 4 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 10 0
2010-2011 14 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
2011-2012 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 6 0
2012-2013 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2013-2014 0 0 1 + 1 0 5 0 2 0 8 + 1 0
Total 30 + 1 0 12 + 2 0 15 0 16 0 73 + 3 0

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09
  • 2007/08

August

Lukasz was an unused sub for all of Arsenal's games in August.

September

Lukasz was an unused substitute for the majority of September with his only appearance coming against West Brom in the Capital One Cup.

October

Lukasz' sole appearance in October came in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

November

Lukasz was an unused substitute for all six of Arsenal's games in November.

December

Lukasz was an unused substitute in all six of Arsenal's games in December.

January

Lukasz featured in both of Arsenal's FA Cup ties in January, keeping two clean sheets as Arsenal progressed to the fifth round.

February

Lukasz featured twice for the first team in February and produced arguably his best performance in an Arsenal shirt against Liverpool, pulling off a number of eye-catching saves in the second half. Wojciech Szczesny's red card meant the Pole was called into action in the following game against Bayern Munich and, despite conceding two goals, Lukasz put in another solid display. "I was kind of focused on every single chance that they had or any through-balls," he told Arsenal Player after the Liverpool game. "I think it's really important to sweep up all those things where there is a chance. I just try to help the team and luckily enough I think I did OK."

March

Lukasz featured twice for the first team in March and increased his ever-growing reputation with two solid performances against Everton and Bayern Munich. Speaking after the draw against Bayern Munich, Lukasz said: "I think [the confidence from this performance] is crucial for every player. All the players were disappointed we couldn't get the result we wanted but on the other hand they didn't beat us. "Maybe the first half was more for them but the second half I think they had chances, we had chances and it was more open. I think you could see they were nervous until the last few minutes of the game so you can see that we showed our pride. We are looking forward to the final games of the season."

August

Lukasz did not feature, missing the goalless draw to Stoke through injury.

September

Lukasz did not feature in September.

October

Injury ruled Lukasz out of action during October.

November

An ankle injury kept Lukasz out of action during November.

December

Lukasz was sidelined throughout December due to an ankle injury.

January

Lukasz returned to training but did not make an appearance in January.

February

Lukasz continued his recovery from long-term injury by starting twice for the under-21s.

March

Having started the month playing for the under-21s at West Bromwich Albion, Lukasz was named in goal for the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. The Pole impressed, keeping a clean sheet at Allianz Arena before following that with another shut-out against Swansea. “He has changed a lot, there has been a complete mental transformation in Lukasz's attitude,” said Arsene Wenger after the Bayern Munich game. “He is more vocal, has more authority and mentally he absorbs the pressure of the game much better.”

April

Lukasz started Arsenal’s first two games of the month before a rib injury sustained against Norwich City ruled him out for the rest of April.

May

Lukasz returned from a rib injury to take his place on the bench for Arsenal's final two games of the season. "Especially for a goalkeeper, you've got a lot of time to think during the game," he told Arsenal Player. "I think it's wrong to think during the game. It's just about focus, being vocal, being ready, being switched on and stuff like that. I know that with my abilities, I will be good."

August

Lukasz started the season behind Wojciech Szczesny and was on the bench during August.

September

Lukasz started his first competitive match since January in the 3-1 Carling Cup victory over Shrewsbury. The young Pole has worked hard to recover from the shoulder injury that cut short his promising campaign last season.

October

Lukasz enjoyed a full 90 minutes in the Carling Cup against Bolton, helping Arsenal secure their passage to the Quarter-Finals of the competition with a fine display between the posts.

November

Lukasz featured once during November, playing the full 90 minutes of the team's 1-0 Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester City.

December

Lukasz made one appearance during the month, playing 25 minutes of the 3-1 defeat to Olympiacos before being forced off through injury.

January

Lukasz recovered from a knee injury to start in the dramatic FA Cup fourth-round victory over Aston Villa at the end of the month.

February

Lukasz made one appearance over the month, starting in the FA Cup defeat at Sunderland.

March

Lukasz did not feature in March.

April

Lukasz did not feature this month, but drew praise from Wojciech Szczesny. "“I believe Lukasz is the best No 2 in the country. Every time he goes in goal the team is confident he will do a good job, and to have someone like that behind you gives you a lot of motivation to work hard at the training ground," he said.

May

Lukasz did not feature.

August

Lukasz was an unused substitute for Arsenal’s opening three games of the season. He returned to former club Legia Warsaw in the final game of pre-season and played the first half as the Gunners came out on top of a goal-fest, winning 6-5. The goalkeeper also played the first 45 minutes of Poland’s 3-0 defeat to Cameroon in Szczecin.

September

Lukasz played his first two games of the season in September. His first start came in the Carling Cup tie against Tottenham and then a week later he deputised for the injured Manuel Almunia against Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League. The Pole saved a penalty and made a number of high-quality saves as he produced one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt. “Every aspect of goalkeeping is important for me so I’m pleased with my overall performance. I was never bothered [by the criticism] I just concentrate on what I have to do.”

October

Confident, commanding and assured, Lukasz became a key figure in the Arsenal side after a number of crucial saves and important performances during October. After a solid performance between the posts at Stamford Bridge he was voted Arsenal.com’s Man of the Match and that started a run where the Pole was ever-present, aside from the Carling Cup win over Newcastle, for the remainder of the month. He played a starring role in the 3-0 win over Manchester City with his superb early save from David Silva's clever flick the pick of a number of key stops. He also kept a clean sheet against West Ham in the final game of the month.

November

Lukasz made vital saves at important moments against Wolves and Everton to win the Gunners crucial points on the road. After that he admitted he was loving the chance to help Arsenal push for the Premier League title. In the game at Molineux he foiled Kevin Doyle and Christophe Berra with spectacular one-handed saves as Wolves pressed hard for the equaliser. Against Everton he made a string of late saves as Arsenal recorded successive away wins.

December

Lukasz went about his business quietly in December as he continued to produce assured performances as the Arsenal No 1. The Pole was forced to sit on the bench at Old Trafford after picking up a hip injury in the win against Partizan. He was expected to return the following week against Stoke before the game was postponed due to bad weather. He did return for games against Chelsea and Wigan.

January

Lukasz played just twice in the month of January after injuring his shoulder. The goalkeeper kept clean sheets against both Birmingham and Manchester City at the start of the month but picked up an injury during the warm-up against Roberto Mancini’s side.

February

Lukasz was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to cure his shoulder problem.

March

Lukasz missed the whole of March with his shoulder injury.

April

Lukasz missed the whole of April with his shoulder injury.

May

Lukasz missed the whole of May with his shoulder injury.

August

Lukasz made a terrific save to deny David Villa from the penalty spot in Arsenal's final pre-season game, though the Gunners still lost 2-0 in Valencia. That was his last action in August as the Polish keeper had knee cartilage surgery keeping him out for two months.

September

The knee surgery Lukasz underwent in August kept him out of action in September but he could return in October.

October

Lukasz made his return from injury in the Reserves' 2-2 draw at Wolves and then started the 2-1 Carling Cup win over Liverpool. However, Fabianski picked up a thigh injury in that game and was ruled out for a further three to four weeks.

November

Lukasz made his comeback from a thigh injury in the Reserves' 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa. He returned to the first-team bench for the Chelsea match.

December

Lukasz played twice for Arsenal in December, in the Carling Cup trip to Manchester City and the Champions League match in Olympiacos. Speaking to Arsenal TV Online after the match in Greece, Fabianski said he felt ready for Premier League action. "I want to play in the Premier League," he said. "I am preparing myself to play in every single game and I am ready to play in the Premier League.”

January

Lukasz started in both of Arsenal's FA Cup clashes in January and told Arsenal TV Online's Spotlight programme that he is waiting for his chance to impress Arsène Wenger in the Premier League. "I am fighting really hard," he said. "It can take time to get there [to the No 1 spot] but when I get there I will really appreciate it because then it will be my time."

February

Lukasz started Arsenal's Champions League defeat in Porto but conceded an own goal after 11 minutes to give Porto the lead. After the match captain Cesc Fabregas spoke out in support of Fabianski. "He is a very good keeper," said the midfielder. "It didn't go his way [in Porto] but we will stand up and support him until the end because he is a good character and I am sure he will be back. Whenever he has to play, I am sure he will do well."

March

Lukasz was on the bench for all six of Arsenal's March fixtures and started for the Reserves against West Ham.

April

Lukasz started twice for Arsenal in February and Arsène Wenger came out in support of his keeper after a costly mistake against Wigan. "I think he will be a great keeper," said Wenger. "If you ask how many mistakes you can afford [at this level], I would say zero. But it is also part of the game I believe Fabianski has total talents, with a great quality and spirit. Now he has a good opportunity to show how good he is. Of course, he was disappointed on Sunday [after the Wigan game], but I believe he was not the only one involved in our defeat."

May

Lukasz started both of Arsenal's fixtures in May and kept a clean sheet against Fulham.

September

Lukasz retained his place as the Carling Cup skipper when Sheffield United visited the Emirates. The Polish stopper did not have the busiest of evenings as Arsenal ran riot against the Blades but the 23-year-old was more than ready whenever he was called into action. As the team’s second keeper, Lukasz featured in the other five matchday squads this month.

October

Lukasz continued as Manuel Almunia’s understudy in October as the Polish stopper featured on the bench in all five of the month’s fixtures.

November

Lukasz continued to stake his claim for the Arsenal No 1 jersey in November with glimpses of sheer brilliance. The undoubted highlight of his month was during Arsenal’s Carling Cup tie with Wigan on Tuesday, November 11. The Pole first brilliantly denied Daniel De Ridder before scrambling up to tip an Amr Zaki follow-up onto the crossbar. His manager said “He is pushing Almunia very hard. Every time Fabianski has an opportunity to play he does very well.”

December

Lukasz started the month by captaining the Gunners in their disappointing 2-0 Carling Cup defeat at Burnley on Tuesday 2nd. It was the young stopper’s only senior action in December although he did keep a clean sheet for the Reserves in their 2-0 victory against Portsmouth.

January

For ‘Cup keeper’ Lukasz, January was quite a busy month. On the 3rd, he took his place between the sticks for Arsenal’s FA Cup Third-Round match against Plymouth Argyle. After a 3-1 win over the Pilgrims, Arsenal and Lukasz were back in action against Cardiff in Round Four on Sunday 25th and the Polish stopper helped himself to a clean sheet against the Bluebirds at Ninian Park.

February

As Arsenal’s ‘Cup keeper’ Lukasz got the nod for the Gunners’ FA Cup Fourth-Round tie against Cardiff. The Polish custodian showed safe hands when called upon and notched a clean sheet in the 4-0 win.

March

With FA Cup Quarter and Semi Finals in March, ‘Cup keeper’ Lukasz enjoyed quite a busy month. After a fine clean sheet against Burnley on Sunday 8th, he was beaten by a deflected Nicky Barmby effort nine days later in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Hull.

April

An injury to Manuel Almunia ensured that April was a very busy month for Lukasz. The Polish keeper came on after 27 minutes of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Villarreal and kept his place between the sticks until April 26. His undoubted lowlight of the month came on April 18, incidentally his 24th birthday, when his misjudgement allowed Didier Drogba to round him and tuck in Chelsea’s winner in the FA Cup Semi-Final. In an interview with Arsenal TV Online on April 24, the keeper described the moment as his “lowest point”.

May

Once again Lukasz profited from Manuel Almunia’s ankle injury in the month of May. The Pole kept goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory at Portsmouth, their 4-1 defeat at home to Chelsea, then their goalless draw at Old Trafford. However, an knee injury kept the 24-year-old out of the season’s final fixture.

April

Lukasz performed well in his only appearance in April, the defeat of Derby in the month’s final fixture

March

Lukasz did not feature for the Gunners but was named in Poland’s squad for their friendly with the United States - a match the Americans won 3-0.

February

Lukasz did not play for Arsenal during February.