Lukasz Fabianski
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Swansea City have officially announced the capture of Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old Pole, who will be joining the Swans on 1 July when his Arsenal contract expires, has signed a four year deal with the Welsh club.

"Swansea City is pleased to announce the club's first summer signing with the arrival of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Arsenal. The Polish international has signed a four-year deal with the club which will be activated on July 1 when his current agreement at the Emirates expires," read a report on Swansea City's official website.

Fabianski, who was unhappy due to his limited first team appearances at Arsenal, was expected to leave the Gunners this summer after turning down a new contract.

He made his last appearance for Arsenal during their FA Cup final triumph over Hull City earlier this month.

Meanwhile Arsenal are reportedly looking to replace Fabianski with Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy, according to the Daily Mail.

Now that Fabianski has signed up with Swansea, Arsenal are in need of someone who will provide some competition to their current first choice shotstopper Wojciech Szczesny.

Although Arsenal were being linked with Cardiff City's David Marshall and Reading's Alex McCarthy, it seems like the Gunners see Ruddy as the most feasible option.

While Marshall's £15 million price tag seems to have discouraged the Gunners from make a move, the £6m-rated McCarthy does not as much experience in the Premier League.

Ruddy, who was pretty impressive with Norwich City in the Premier League this season and last, will also probably be looking to continue on in the top flight, now that the Canaries have been relegated to the Championship.

However, Arsenal will face some competition for the 27-year-old's signature as Crystal Palace are also reportedly interested in securing his services.

Although the Eagles may not be as big a club as Arsenal, Ruddy may be tempted to join Crystal Palace as he will certainly get more first team football at Selhurst Park than the Emirates.

Also Crystal Palace have been quite impressive under new boss Tony Pulis, who was named the Premier League manager of the season after catapulting the Eagles from the bottom to the 11th position in the Premier League.