The cold hard light of day has done little to quell the backlash against Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski this Thursday. The Pole’s performance in Porto was the stuff nightmares are made from, and many are now clambering for Arsene Wenger to whip out the guillotine and make the substitute goalie never plays for the north Londoners again.
Even the most passionate of Arsenal supporters, Arseblog, made the case for Fabianski to hang up his gloves at the Emirates.
“I feel sorry for him. The last thing any of us wants is to see an Arsenal player make mistakes like that but it’s quite clear that Fabianski was the root cause of Porto’s two goals last night and his reputation, which wasn’t brilliant to start with, has taken a right battering. We had hoped he might show that he has what it takes to be Arsenal’s number 1, he had a great chance to show he’s up to the job, and he failed miserably. The bottom line for me is that he is error prone and not only does he cost us goals, he costs us games. His appearances have been few and far between but when you think of him you think of the Chelsea FA Cup semi-final, the Stoke game where he was poor for their first goal, and last night which proved that he is just not up to the task. I might qualify that with ‘at the moment’ but how many chances can you give a keeper who consistently makes high profile mistakes?”
With that being the case, we decided to recall Fabianski catalogue of failures and present the evidence against poor Lukasz.
1. The 2008 Carling Cup quart-final defeat at Burnley – Poor Fabianski makes a hash of collecting a bread and butter Chris Eagles cross, and Kevin McDonald pounces to net the first in a 2-nil Clarets win.
2. The 2009 FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea – Racing out of your goal and making contact with thin air never looks good!
3. The fourth round of this season’s FA Cup at Stoke – everyone knows that Rory Delap has a long throw-in, but Fabianski made himself look like a numpty when he came off his line only to be beaten to the ball by Ricardo Fuller.
4. Last night in Porto – With his basic positioning all wrong, Lukasz Fabianski chucks the ball in his own net in a sad effort to save Silvestre Varela’s mis-hit cross.
5. Last night in Porto (2) – Why, oh why, did he pick the ball up?