Few were surprised to learn last week that Lukasz Fabianski was closing out his final days at Arsenal, after a seven-year run at the club ended with a FA Cup triumph that he played a very large part. Sure, there were the days of "Flappyhandski" that seemed to last longer than it really did, but overall Fabianski was about as great of a backup keeper as a club could wish for. He seemed to be loved by his teammates, and Arsene Wenger showed faith in his talent and ability during some of the darkest times of his career.
So it's a little bittersweet to see that he's officially moved to Swansea City today, penning a four-year deal with the Swans:
Swansea City is pleased to announce the signing of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski >> http://t.co/N9aBSAYWIR #swans pic.twitter.com/D9QKGQi9Nm— Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) May 29, 2014
Good for him. While I certainly wish for nothing but the worst for him when we play Swansea in the years ahead, I hope he continues his run of good form that he displayed in the FA Cup this season with the Swans. Fabianski's been a good teammate and competitor for Arsenal, and he's leaving on excellent terms - something that everyone wants to see when a player leaves a club.
The attention now turns back to Arsenal and what to do with the backup keeper spot, being that this is the second-straight summer a backup keeper has left the club. Emiliano Viviano is expected to go back to Palermo this summer, and Damian Martinez spent the vast majority of this past season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, but he's only 21 years old and still needs a bit more seasoning before assuming a regular bench spot for Arsenal.
There are probably quite a few backup keeper options Wenger can turn to in the market this summer, but if I was a betting man there's only one guy best suited for this job.