Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

Arsenal celebrate a Happy Birthday to Wojciech Szczesny...and Lukasz Fabianski

The two Arsenal goalkeepers don't just share a position

Arsenal goalkeepers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski don't just share a position, they also share a birthday.

The Polish stoppers celebrate their birthday's today, on 18 April, Fabianski turning 29 and Szczesny turning 24.

Manager Arsene Wenger faces a selection headache for the FA Cup final against Hull City, who the Gunners face in the Premier League on Sunday, as in the domestic cup competition this season Wenger has fielded the second-choice Fabianski in place of his younger compatriot.

Szczesny, though, has admitted that he would love to play in the final as the Gunners hope to win their first piece of silverware since winning the cup in 2005.

“It’s up to the manager who plays,” said Szczesny. “I think Lukasz has done really well and deserves a lot of credit but I would love to play, obviously.


“I’m an Arsenal fan and I just want us to get the trophy. It’s not about me playing. Lukasz has been doing really well and he was our shootout hero at Wembley, so I was happy for him.”