Monday, 28 March 2011

Lukasz Fabianski 2010/2011

2010 was a very mixed year for Lukasz Fabianski. After some high-profile errors in the second half of last season, his ability as a goalkeeper was called into question, but he managed to turn it around after injury to Manuel Almunia saw him thrust back into the limelight. Prior to his season-ending injury this January, he had established himself as Arsenal's no.1 with several top-class displays, demonstrating why Arsene Wenger had brought him to the club in the first place.

His shot-stopping is among the best in the league and he has directly earned Arsenal several points with some fantastic reflex saves, perhaps the most obvious example being his stoppage time save in the 2-0 away win over Wolves in November. Unlike Arsenal's other two first-team keepers, Fabianski's distribution is one of his strong points and he has put it to good use, being one of only 6 Premier League keepers to have directly assisted a goal this season. However his command of the 6 yard box and ability to deal with aerial balls remains slightly suspect, although to his credit he has clearly worked on these weaknesses.

Here are his season highlights:

Season stats:

-20 games
-22 goals against
-5 clean sheets
-42 saves