Fabianski And Sagna Depart
Lukasz Fabianski failed to make an impact in the Arsenal squad.
Steve Bould has immediately shipped out two players from his side, clearly stating both had no involvement in his plans for pre-season, while it is unlikely anyone else would involve them when there are a number of other players with better ability than those.
Lukasz Fabianski was the first to go. Joining Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, Fabianski was unable to break into the first team, with Wojciech Szczesny beating his fellow Pole to the position regularly, and will leave for a fee of £2 million
Lukasz joined in 2007 for £2.1 million, after two seasons after the number one for Legia back in Poland. However, in his six seasons spent in London, he could only appear 31 times, the 2010/11 campaign being his best.
Having appeared just four times over the last two seasons, the move seems beneficial to both parties, Fabianski needing the move to gain more playing time, likely to become the first choice goalkeeper in Russia.
Bacary Sagna will join Gervinho at AS Roma for the 2013/14 season.
Bacary Sagna soon followed, joining Italian side AS Roma. Sagna will now feature on the right alongside former Arsenal team-mate Gervinho. Costing £6.5 million, the 30-year-old had always been a regular since joining Arsenal back in 2007.
Costing a slightly smaller fee of £6.25 million, Bacary was able to put on the Arsenal shirt 170 times, 24 of those appearances coming last season. As a result, the move may seem like a shock to some, but in truth Bacary had lost from considerably, and played due to limited availability rather than choice.
Sagna will have to battle against both Maicon and Vasilis Torodis, two well respected names in football, for a place in the side, meaning he may get less game time than he has in previous signings.
A replacement is expected to be announced within the next week.