Lukasz Fabianski reaches 100 Premier League appearances for Swansea City
2nd March 2017
Lukasz Fabianski reached a significant milestone last weekend, but Swansea City's No.1 is only interested in looking ahead as the club enter a key period in the current campaign.
The Polish international featured in his 100th Premier League game for the Swans during the defeat at leaders Chelsea last weekend.
Signed from Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer of 2014, Fabianski has proved a hugely successful acquisition for the Swans.
Just like his predecessor Michel Vorm achieved in his first season, Fabianski won three individual awards during his debut campaign as the Swans recorded their best points and finish in the Premier League.
It is a stark contrast to the keeper's position at Arsenal, for whom he made 32 top-flight appearances in a seven-year spell.
Fabianski, though, prefers to look ahead as he deals with his most difficult season as a Swan.
Paul Clement's side are 16th in the Premier League - two points above the bottom three ahead of a testing month which includes games with Burnley, Hull City and Bournemouth, while Middlesbrough visit the Liberty on April 2.
And Fabianski's focus is solely on the games coming up which puts the Swans up against teams battling against the drop.
"I am very happy to have played in 100 Premier League games for the club," said the 31-year-old.
"I am very proud of this achievement, and thankful for the club for giving me that opportunity.
"Personally it's a nice milestone for me, but my concentration is solely on the team and moving the club away from the relegation zone.
"I think I will look back at this achievement more at the end of the season if it goes the way we want it too."
Next up for the Swans is Burnley's visit to the Liberty this Saturday, with Clement's side going into the game having won four of their last seven league games.
And Fabianski feels the Jack Army will be crucial to the team's hopes of steering themselves away from the danger zone.
"We will be playing the teams around us throughout the month, but the gaffer will make sure we concentrate on each game at a time," added Fabianski. "We can't afford to do it any other way.
"It's a big month - starting with Burnley on Saturday.
"The fans will be crucial to us. Recently, I must say, the atmosphere has been really good.
"The fans help us a lot and for sure they will be important for us as we try to get three points."
Fab's fantastic four saves
Manchester City (a)
November 22, 2014
Gael Clichy's thunderous left-footed effort looked to be destined for the top corner. Fabianski dives to his left and gets two hands to the ball and pushes it onto the post.
May 11, 2015
A superb double save from the Polish keeper was instrumental in the Swans' victory at his old club. Fabianski was superb at the Emirates, with a man-of-the-match display during a memorable 1-0 win. His highlight was denying Alexis Sanchez from point-blank range before quickly recovering to keep out Theo Walcott's follow-up.
Tottenham Hotspur (a)
February 28, 2016
Another superb reflex save from Fabianski came at White Hart Lane. Danny Rose's low cross from the left found Erik Dier nine yards out, but Fabianski threw his right arm out at full stretch to dab the shot wide.
Leicester City (h)
October 25, 2014
The best of the lot came at the Liberty. In a tense game against the Foxes, Leonardo Ulloa's curling cross met Wales midfielder Andy King, and it took a save at full stretch to deny him. The work wasn't done there, though, as the keeper had to quickly get back onto his feet to swat the ball off the line after Esteban Cambiasso's effort had struck the inside of the post.