Fabianski: Challenging and exciting time ahead

23rd January

Before Francesco Guidolin stepped onto the training pitch for the first time this week, Lukasz Fabianski was well aware of what to expect.
The Polish keeper is familiar with the work of the new Swans head coach, with Fabianski having been part of the Arsenal side that eliminated Guidolin's Udinese from the Champions League group stage in 2011.
Four-and-a-half years on from that result, Fabianski now finds himself playing under the experience Italian, who takes charge of his first game when the Swans visit Everton on Sunday (1.30pm).
"I remember Udinese were a very good team and played positive, attacking football under Francesco. I think that's what we can expect here," said the Swans keeper.
"I've also spoken to (Emiliano) Viviano, who was at Arsenal the same time as me and he played for Palermo a few years after Francesco had managed them. He had plenty of good things to say about him, so that's very positive.
"Francesco has been instructing us on the tactical and technical approaches he excepts the team to play.
"He wants us to play attractive football, and I'm sure he will have a positive impact on the team."

The Swans will hope Guidolin has an immediate impact - starting on Sunday as his new side target a first ever league win over the Toffees.
And Fabianski believes there are exciting times ahead for the Swans.
"It's a challenging and exciting time for us," admitted the 30-year-old.
"It's a challenge time because of the situation we find ourselves in. We want to be in the position we think we are capable of, and that's what we are all working hard towards.
"But it's exciting too as we have a new head coach in what is a very important time for the club."