Schalke and Borussia Dortmund are closing in on the goalkeeper, who will leave the Gunners after seven years at the club, having been ever-present in their successful FA Cup run
By Wayne Veysey
Lukasz Fabianski has rejected a last-ditch attempt by Arsenal to prevent him from leaving the club, Goal understands.
Arsene Wenger is keen for Fabianski, whose contract expires next month, to stay and challenge fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny for the No.1 spot next season.
But Goal has learned that the 29-year-old remains determined to seek a change of environment, despite the latest in a series of contract offers from the Gunners to extend his seven-year spell at Emirates Stadium.
Schalke and Borussia Dortmund now lead the race to capture Fabianski, while there is also interest in him from a number of Premier League clubs.
His availability on a free transfer makes him an attractive proposition in the wake of a series of solid displays when he filled in for Szczesny this season.
Fabianski was an ever-present during Arsenal’s FA Cup run and he ended his career at the club in style last Saturday when they beat Hull City 3-2 in the final to end their nine-year trophy drought.
“It was probably my last game for Arsenal,” said Fabianski afterwards.
“I don’t know what I can say, but if I end my Arsenal career in that way then it is the best way to finish.”