Fabiański with Poland in 2011
|Full name||Łukasz Fabiański|
|Date of birth||18 April 1985|
|Place of birth||Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:05, 14 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:00, 4 September 2017 (UTC)
Having begun his career at Legia Warsaw, Fabiański joined Arsenal for £2.1 million in 2007, and was mainly used as back-up, but played as the club won the 2014 FA Cup Final. On the expiration of his contract in 2014, he joined Swansea.
A full international for the Poland national team since 2006, Fabiański has represented his country on over 30 occasions and was included in the squads for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2008. He played every match for Poland at Euro 2016 after the first group match with Northern Ireland due to first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny's injury.
Fabiański was born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą. After starting his career with Polonia Słubice, Fabiański joined the noted independent football academy MSP Szamotuły when he was 14 years old, where he honed his footballing skills. Fabiański then was signed in the 2004–05 season by Lech Poznań.
In the winter of 2005, Fabiański was signed by Legia Warszawa, where he competed with Artur Boruc for a place in the team. After Boruc was sold to Celtic, Fabiański took over as starting goalkeeper in the 24 July 2005 match against Arka Gdynia, which ended 0–0. He helped Legia win the Polish league championship in the following 2005–06 season.
On 8 May 2007, Fabiański underwent medical tests in London after Arsenal agreed a fee with Legia Warszawa worth about £2.1 million. with the move confirmed on 11 May 2007 by Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger. Fabiański formally signed for Arsenal on 26 May 2007 with a long-term contract. On 25 September 2007, he made his debut for Arsenal in the League Cup against Newcastle United. Arsenal won the match 2–0, with goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Denilson.
In his early Arsenal career, two of his most notable appearances came in the 5–1 defeat to rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the 2007–08 League Cup semi-final and the first leg of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League second round match with FC Porto. Fabiański received criticism for conceding soft goals in the Porto match as he scored an own goal and was blamed for the second goal after picking up a backpass from Sol Campbell and Porto scored from the resulting free kick. In January 2010, Arsène Wenger stated that Łukasz Fabiański could become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Fabiański played the last four matches for Arsenal in the 2009–10 season as number 1 goalkeeper Manuel Almunia suffered a wrist injury. He was criticised for conceding soft goals in the defeats to Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, but kept clean sheets in the matches at home to Manchester City and Fulham.
Fabiański started the 2010–11 season as the second choice goalkeeper. On 21 September 2010, he made his first start of the season in a Football League Cup match against neighbours Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane which Arsenal won 4–1 after extra time. Fabiański almost cost the match for Arsenal, he failed to stop Robbie Keane's long range effort, despite getting a hand to the shot. After the match, he revealed that he was disappointed. He had a solid match in his second match of the season replacing the injured Manuel Almunia one week later in a Champions League 3–1 away win against FK Partizan. He saved Cléo's second penalty of the match in the second half to deny FK Partizan a lifeline. He later turned Ivica Iliev's effort around the post from point-blank range just before the final whistle. Arsène Wenger later commented that Fabiański had a "faultless" match and they finally saw the player who they usually see in training. He kept his first clean sheet in a win over Manchester City where he made many saves in a match that ended 3–0. He was later named man of the match, on an Arsenal.com poll, after a brilliant display to keep Arsenal in the match. After the City match, Wenger admitted that he could well become the club's number one goalkeeper, after impressive displays in the matches since the Partizan match.
On 7 November 2010, Fabiański was widely criticised for an error that lead to the only goal as Arsenal lost at home to Newcastle United. This led to supporters and fans of rival clubs giving him the nickname 'Flappy Handski' because he could not keep hold of the ball. However, he produced a strong display to keep a clean sheet in the next Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in which he managed to prevent a draw with a last-minute save, and then initiating a counter-attack with a long throw of the ball that led to another Arsenal goal. After the Wolverhampton match, Arsenal played Everton, where Fabiański received the man of the match award from Sky Sports.
Fabiański was injured for Arsenal's crucial match with Manchester United but returned for the equally important match with London rivals Chelsea, making many crucial saves in helping Arsenal to win 3–1. On 5 January 2011, he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury as he was warming up with the help of Wojciech Szczęsny which ruled him out for the rest of the 2010–11 season. During this period, Szczęsny established himself as Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper ahead of his Polish compatriot.
Injuries limited Fabiański's appearances during the 2012–13 season where he made only five Premier League appearances as back-up to Wojciech Szczęsny. In March 2013, after Szczęsny was dropped, Fabiański started in goal in the second-leg of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. He kept a clean sheet as Arsenal won 2–0 and retained his place in the team to make his first Premier League start of the season away against Swansea City on 16 March 2013, again keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 win. Fabiański started in Arsenal's next three league matches against Reading, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City. However, an injury sustained in the match against Norwich by Fabiański allowed Szczęsny to return to the starting line-up and reclaim his position as first choice goalkeeper.
During the 2013–14 season, Fabiański was used as Arsenal's starting goalkeeper in FA Cup and Football League Cup matches, with Wojciech Szczęsny remaining first choice in Premier League and Champions League matches.
On 19 February 2014, Fabiański came on as a substitute in the 37th minute of a 2–0 Champions League home defeat against Bayern Munich, after Szczęsny was sent off for a foul on Arjen Robben. With Szczęsny suspended, Fabiański was in the starting line-up for the second leg and saved a late penalty from Bayern's Thomas Müller.
On 12 April, he saved penalties from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison in an FA Cup semi-final shootout victory over Wigan Athletic. He made his only Premier League appearance of the season in the last match on 11 May, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 away win that caused his opponents Norwich City to be relegated. Six days later, Fabiański started for Arsenal in the 2014 FA Cup Final as they beat Hull City 3–2 after extra-time at Wembley Stadium.
On 29 May 2014, it was announced that Fabiański would join fellow Premier League side Swansea City on a free transfer when his Arsenal contract expired on 1 July. He said of the transfer: "The main reason I came to Swansea was because I want to be the number one goalkeeper". He made his competitive debut for the club on 16 August, a 2–1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the first match of the season.
On 6 July 2015, Fabiański signed a new four-year contract with Swansea, which would keep him at the club until June 2019.
Having represented Poland regularly at under-21 level, Fabiański's performances for Legia Warszawa saw him soon making his debut for the senior international team in a friendly against Saudi Arabia on 29 March 2006.
He was included in Poland's squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, serving as back-up to Artur Boruc and Tomasz Kuszczak. During the qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro 2008, he made one appearance, playing all 90 minutes in Poland's 2–2 away draw against Serbia on 21 November 2007. In September 2008, Fabiański replaced the suspended Boruc for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Slovenia. He also played in another qualifying match against San Marino in April 2009.
Last updated 26 May 2017.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Champions League||Total|
|Legia Warsaw total||53||0||2||0||0||0||8||0||63||0|
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