Fabianski signs new contract with Arsenal
LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal's backup goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski signed a new long-term contract with the club Friday.
The 24-year-old Poland international joined the Gunners in 2007 from Legia Warsaw. He made 18 appearances last season and had nine clean sheets as a deputy to first-choice keeper Manuel Almunia.
"I'm very happy to sign my new contract with Arsenal, it's a big motivation for me to keep working hard and shows that the club believes in me," Fabianski said. "I'll be doing everything I can to repay that belief by helping Arsenal to win trophies in the coming years."
Arsenal has not won a trophy since lifting the FA Cup in 2005. The competition was Arsenal's best chance for silverware toward the end of last season, but a poor performance by Fabianski in the FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in April contributed to a 2-1 loss.
But manager Arsene Wenger is confident that Fabianski will evolve into a top goalkeeper.
"I rate Lukasz highly and I am very pleased that he has committed his future to the club," Wenger said. "I believe he is a top competitor, he's intelligent and reads the game very well and has all the ingredients to be successful in his position."