What do Arsenal do with Fabianski? by TS
A keeper’s place is often the hardest to replace. Once a goalkeeper starts a match and performs well, chances are that he could retain that position until he proves otherwise. You could argue that all positions in football are like that, and you would be right, but in my opinion, none are as extreme as the man between the sticks. The reason why is because goalkeepers in a squad often explore the extremities of quality which is often very small or simply too great.
Case in point, Mannone and Szczesny- two Arsenal keepers who are fighting for the number 1 spot. Good performances by Mannone will keep out Szczesny, who on paper is the better player. If Mannone does well, he will keep Szczesny on the bench for as long as fate dictates, which potentially could be as long as the Italians career. What that essentially means is that Fabianski now becomes a permanent third choice keeper. The chance for him to earn his stripes, now suddenly dissipates.
Even at the tender age of 27, Fabianski’s career looks to be over with Arsenal. The Gunners have far too many young, upcoming keepers to challenge Szczesny and Mannone for a starting place. We already saw the likes of James Shea get a chance to occupy the bench against Montpellier. Fabianski isn’t a bad keeper. He’s agile, holds onto the ball when needed and distributes the best between Mannone or Szczesny. The problem with Fabianski has always been his decision making. Too often he would rush out of the goal or freeze up when he needed to come out.
Everyone has been saying to get rid of deadwood at the Emirates and not once did Fabianski’s name come up. Why? Because he isn’t deadwood. He’s a solid third choice keeper but he’ll be considering his future now that Mannone has taken his spot. I think Arsenal have enough potential coming through the goalkeeping ranks to keep Fabianski out.
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