Lukasz Fabianski Officially Agrees Swansea Transfer from Arsenal

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 12:  Lukasz Fabianski of Arsenal saves a penalty during the shootout during the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on April 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to join Swansea City on a free transfer after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Welsh Premier League club. 

The news of the keeper's four-year deal was confirmed on both clubs' official Twitter feeds on Thursday:

The Polish shot-stopper's contract with the Gunners expired at the end of the 2013-14 season, and he reportedly turned down several new £50,000-a-week offers to stay at the Emirates, per Matt Law in the Daily Telegraph.

Fabianski was persuaded to join the Swans despite interest from other big Premier League and European clubs as he is eager to play regular first-team football. 

The 29-year-old, who has been at Arsenal since 2007, has consistently been a back-up option in North London, most recently playing second fiddle to compatriot Wojciech Szczesny.

However, he was Arsenal's keeper for their successful FA Cup campaign this season and effectively got them through to the final with two saves in their semi-final penalty shootout against Wigan. 

The switch marks Swans boss Garry Monk's first signing since taking over as permanent manager at the end of the season.

Fabianski made 78 appearances during his time at Arsenal, with 25 clean sheets, and the North London club wished him well on their website:

"Everyone at Arsenal would like to thank Lukasz for his contribution to the Club and to wish him well for his future career."

Arsenal will now be on the lookout for a replacement back-up keeper with Norwich City's John Ruddy, who impressed in the 2013-14 campaign despite the Canaries' relegation, reportedly of interest, per Liam Prenderville in the Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile, Swansea have made a good start to their summer business with the signing of Fabianski, who proved his worth in this year's FA Cup and who should be a strong presence between the posts next season.

However, Monk will be looking to bring in more quality across all areas in the hope that his side can post a better return next term than the 42 points they picked up in 2013-14, a four-point drop from the previous season.