Arsenal’s Lukasz Fabianski could be set for a summer departure to Turkey after reports Besiktas are interested in signing him. The Pole has endured a difficult career at the Emirates since he joined in 2007 from Legia Warsaw for £2.1 million.
Manuel Almunia was the first choice at the club when he joined and had to wait for his chance, being used in the domestic cup competitions. His performances were mainly criticised early in his career and became known for conceding soft goals.
Wojciech Szczesny, also signed from Legia Warsaw, took full advantage of injuries to Almunia and Fabianski and with Mannone on loan, got a chance against Manchester United and never looked back. Almunia’s departure last summer put Fabianski is his normal role as back-up but injury sidelined him until March when he got a crucial call-up to the squad to face Bayern Munich, despite Szczesny being available.
Fabianski gave a solid display and was played for a few more games until a cracked rib ruled him out of the season. His injuries and performances over the course of his career in London will persuade Wenger to cash in on the goalkeeper whose contract expires next summer.
In the five starts he made for the Gunners in the 2012/13 season, he performed well but is still preferred over fellow countryman Szczesny and has been completely wiped from the international scene with Artur Boruc the current Polish number one.
Arsenal’s interest in Asmir Begovic, Simon Mignolet and Julio Cesar would suggest that Fabianski and Vito Mannone could both be on their way out of the club.
Besiktas are in the market for a shot-stopper with the likeliness that Allan McGregor will return to the UK after his brief spell in Turkey and the Turkish club has eyed Fabianski as the perfect replacement. Arsenal only value the goalkeeper at £1 million and so any deal will not be too expensive.
Mannone could move back to Hull City, where he spent some time on loan, although there are suggestions the player will return it Italy.