It looks like it’s definitely curtains for Lukasz Fabianski at Arsenal, judging by this article on Sky Sports. I can’t say I’ll be upset about his departure. He might be amazing in training, but he never fills me with confidence when I see him on the pitch. Our goal looks like a gaping black hole when he’s between the sticks, such is his lack of presence. By some magical unwelcome miracle, any crossed ball transforms itself into a wet bar of soap before it reaches his gloves, so although I hear Fabianski will leave on a free transfer I can’t believe that will be a bad thing at all.
I’m sure we won’t miss Fabianski, especially now that I know that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can play in goal, if required. Okay, the Ox is not the tallest, but he’s that talented he can play anywhere. If you don’t believe me, then have a look at this article in the Chichester Observer.
On a more serious note, Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is available on a free transfer, according to The Mirror. He would be a more than adequate replacement for Fabianski and it doesn’t get much cheaper than free, although of course the 37-year-old will expect a decent salary. The Finland international is apparently discussing his future with Bolton, so he could stay at the Reebok. If he moves on, then WBA or West Ham are the most likely destinations. Although, Jaaskelainen only played 10 games last season, it wasn’t just injury that kept him out of the team. His understudy, Adam Bogdan, was voted Bolton’s player of the year and that meant the Finn had to sit on the sidelines. I’d be happy if we could sign either keeper, but I’ll settle for Jussi for now!