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Arsenal in crisis, Goalkeeper out for the rest of the season

by Byo24NEWS
03 Feb 2011 at 13:04hrs | Views
Arsenal are facing a goalkeeping crisis after it emerged that Lukasz Fabianki's shoulder injury will keep him out until the end of the season.

The Pole has been a steady pair of hands for the Gunners this term, putting behind him a series of embarrassing howlers in the previous campaign.

And his position as the club's No 1 rarely seemed under threat until he suffered a knock during the warm up ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester City on January 5. He shrugged it off and kept a clean sheet but has not been seen since.

As reported in Sportsmail on Monday, Fabianksi hasn't responded to treatment and will undergo surgery.

Fabianski has endured a topsy-turvey time in north London since joining from Legia Warsaw in 2007 where he had twice been named goalkeeper of the season in the 'Ekstraklasa'.

His gaffes against Porto and Wigan last season left many questioning his future in north London, while a knee injury kept him out for a large chunk of the season before.

He started this season as understudy once again to Manuel Almunia but impressed when stepping in for the Spaniard after injury curtailed his season way back in September. The No 1 only returned to the side in Sunday's 2-1 FA Cup win over Huddersfield, and had widely been expected to quit the club this month.

During Fabianski's latest spell on the sidelines, countryman Wojciech Szczesny has seized his opportunity between the posts. Behind him, youngster James Shea is the only viable alternative with Italian Vito Mannone on loan at Hull City until the end of the campaign.

Source - Byo24NEWS