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|Ex-Arsenal duo Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny renew rivalry for Poland's World Cup No 1 spot
| sbobet online 24 After four seasons competing for the No 1 spot at Arsenal, Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny have spent the past three apart, but their rivalry still rumbles on at national level. With just under three weeks until Poland kick off their World Cup campaign, Michael Hincks analyses their battle to become the country's first-choice goalkeeper in Russia.
Arsene Wenger had a difficult decision to make in 2010-11. Manuel Almunia had been Arsenal's No 1 for the past three campaigns, but an error-prone display against West Brom six Premier League games in saw the Spaniard come under heavy scrutiny. He was subsequently dropped, and though Wenger insisted it was down to an elbow injury, it was to be Almunia's last league game for six months. In came Fabianski, initially at least, but a shoulder injury then saw Szczesny finish the campaign.
Perhaps it was the fortune of finishing that season between the sticks, or simply that Wenger was most impressed by him, but Szczesny went on to play every minute of the following league campaign, with Fabianski reduced to a spot on the bench 30 times. Almunia, meanwhile, was a distant No 3. Fabianski remained in Szczesny's shadow until he called time on his seven-year Arsenal career and moved to Swansea in July 2014. As the undisputed first choice in south Wales, Fabianski has gone on to make 150 appearances for them. sbobet online 24
Under seven different managers, Swansea slipped further and further down the Premier League table in each of Fabianski's four seasons at the club, and though they eventually succumbed to relegation a couple of weeks ago, few, if any, blame their goalkeeper for the drop to the Sky Bet Championship. No goalkeeper made more saves in the Premier League this season (137), while only David de Gea (80.20%) and Nick Pope (76.51%) boasted a better save percentage than Fabianski (70.83), who kept nine clean sheets and made zero errors leading to goals. Ultimately, it wasn't enough, but relegation has not damaged his reputation.
In the meantime, Szczesny remained Arsenal's No 1 before heading to Italy upon Petr Cech's arrival in the summer of 2015. He has plied his trade in Serie A ever since, and following two seasons on loan at Roma, he is now on the verge of becoming Juventus' first choice with Gianluigi Buffon moving on. "Szczesny is Buffon's heir, I've already said that and I repeat it," said Juventus coach Max Allegri back in January, while distancing himself from a move for AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma. "Juventus did good business in getting such a good player and bringing him in a year before Gigi stops at Juventus. Donnarumma is a young lad who has to grow, he's at Milan and he's forging his path. But Juventus have Buffon's replacement." sbobet online 24