Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

Lukasz Fabianski believes he lost out in the battle to become Arsenal number 1 to Wojciech Szczesny due to a spate of unfortunate injuries and does not feel his countryman is the better goalkeeper.

Fabianski is leaving Arsenal to sign for Swansea this summer, having turned down the Gunners' attempts to convince him to pen a contract extension.

The Poland international is desperate for first team football, a wish he feels can be granted at the Liberty Stadium.

Asked by UEFA whether he feels Szczesny is the better goalkeeper and if that was why Arsene Wenger did not select him at Arsenal, the 29-year-old replied: "No, not at all.


"Of course, I made some mistakes as Arsenal goalie but I am sure that people also remember that I was unlucky with injuries.

"There were periods when I was first-choice keeper and was starting to consolidate my position when out of the blue I got injured. It happened a few times and it really unsettled me.

"My position in the national team was not very strong as I was always a squad player. That is one of the main reasons I have changed club – I want to play every week as I know it will help me to fight for the Polish No1 shirt.

"This is my priority. I will not be happy just to be on the bench."

Fabianski did sign off on his Arsenal career a winner and starter though, having taken his spot between the sticks against Hull in the FA Cup final, a clash the Gunners won 3-2 to end a nine-year trophy drought last month.

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