Lukasz Fabianski admits bench frustration, praises captain and leader van Persie
Written by Renzo on August 27, 2011 19:30
Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski admitted he is disappointed and frustrated for sitting on the bench after he lost his place following last season’s shoulder injury.
With manager Arsene Wenger opting for Manuel Almunia at the start of last season, it was an injury the reason why the Pole was promoted to Arsenal’s number one and was doing impressively well before he suffered an injury of his own with Wojciech Szczesny getting the nod from the manager.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the 26-year old revealed that he is physically fit and ready to play as he is finally back to full sharpness after spending months on the sidelines, last year.
Asked about the promotion of Robin van Persie to captain of the side, Fabianski concluded by praising the Dutchman, one who is not afraid to speak to players and one to whom players listen when he speaks as he is a true leader and respected by the team.
On a disappointing spell on the bench, the goalkeeper said:
Physically I’m back to my full training, I’m ready to play really, I think the first three weeks of pre-season I was a bit half and half but since we came back from Germany I can say I’ve been fully fit and fully ready to play.
If we talk about my physical side [of the game], it’s been good, great to be honest, I’m looking sharp, good physically so hopefully I will stay fit.
I’m working really hard [to regain my spot], it’s been a difficult time for me [as] I was number one last season, I lost it not because of poor form but injury, now I’m fit again but it’s been a long time, Wojciech [Szczesny] is now playing, he’s doing well.
It’s difficult, it’s a bit disappointing. I’m not saying anything against Wojciech or the boss, that’s his decision, but not happy with my position, just have to accept it and fight for it, I’m fighting really hard to get where I was before.
[Robin van Persie as captain?] I think the one thing with Robin is that he really speaks his mind, he’s never afraid of saying something to you.
I think that’s the positive thing about being leader, being a captain, he’s as well a fantastic player, he really represents Arsenal well and I think the team listens to him, everytime he speaks, he has a big respect amongst the team.