Lukasz Fabianski: ‘I needed to build myself up again almost from scratch’

West Ham’s goalkeeper on making more saves than anyone in Europe’s top leagues and why it was fair to question his quality at Arsenal

Lukasz Fabianski looks on curiously as a piece of paper is passed across the table. It shows the 10 goalkeepers who have made the most saves in Europe’s top five leagues over the last five seasons, and the player leading the way is the same man who has just been thanked by the photographer for doing a decent job in goal for his fantasy football team. “Oooh, I’ve never seen a stat like that. That’s cool,” says Fabianski, running his eyes over the names and numbers before pausing for a moment. “But you should also include the most goals conceded in there.”

That last remark, made with the hint of a smile, is typical of Fabianski. Self-deprecating and unassuming, Fabianski is not the sort to get swept along by praise for his performances, or some impressive facts and figures on a sheet of A4. Asked how he interprets those statistics, the 33-year-old breaks into laughter as he replies: “Well, the first thing that comes into my mind is that I’ve been busy!”

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